Local Students Build Rockets and Solar Cars

By: Lanetra Bennett
July 11, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Students at FAMU Developmental Research School may be scientists in the making.

Thursday morning, the sixth through eighth graders showed off what they've learned over the past two weeks by launching rockets in the air.

The students made the rockets during a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) summer camp.

Along with rockets, the students also made solar cars and robots.

The goal was to expose kids to, and get them excited about those areas of learning.

Jakyah Hayes is going to the sixth grade. She says, "I have learned different things such as science, how to use the tools. It's been pretty fun. It's different. I usually go to acting theaters in the summertime, but, I'm happy I came here."

An instructor, David White, Ph.D., says, "That makes me feel absolutely fabulous when they get it. That's why we teach. When they get it, there's not other better feeling."

The high school students in the camp got to work on animation and music mixing.

This is the fourth year FAMU D.R.S. has done the camp.

It's a program called GEAR UP funded by the Florida Department of Education and administered through Tallahassee Community College with a partnership with FAMU's College of Education.

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