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Girl Scouts Launch Self-Made Rockets at Veterans Park

May 2, 2013

Thanks to a generous grant from People’s United Community Foundation, 20 Girl Scouts experienced a day of rocket launching at Veterans Park in Bridgeport on April 21, using rockets they built themselves.

The project began in early April, when the girls met at Camp An-Se-Ox in Oxford to build model rockets under the direction of David Mestre, astrophysicist for the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport. The girls then launched Alka-Seltzer rockets and adapted soda bottles with fins and cones for launching later in the day.  The latter were launched from a pad using air pressure pumped in with a bicycle pump.  

On April 21, the girls launched their model rockets at Veterans Park with assistance from female and male engineers. The goal was to have the rocket land as close to the designated target as possible. The first two launches were averaged and the three closest girls launched a third time. In all cases, the girls launched each type of rocket at least twice so they were able to learn from the first launch, make adjustments, and re-launch for improved results.

This program is one of many offered under Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s STEM initiative, which offers girl-led, girl-centered activities to help develop a girl’s confidence and build her skills in science, technology, engineering, and math. As a part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, programs such as these help a girl discover herself and her values, connect with others to build healthy relationships, and take action to make the world a better place.

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