KCS students take part in National Youth Science Day

KCS students take part in National Youth Science Day
Posted on 10/08/2014
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Students in Kannapolis City Schools have been part of the world’s largest youth-led science experiment. They designed, built, and launched rockets during National Science Day on October 8, 2014. The effort was led by the national 4-H Club and included schools all over the country. It is considered to be the largest science event of its kind. Locally, the Cabarrus County 4-H Club partnered with Kannapolis City Schools to provide the lessons and kits needed for the rockets. Students at Kannapolis Intermediate School and three elementary schools (Jackson Park, Woodrow Wilson, and Forest Park) took part in the lessons.

 

The theme for this year’s National Science Day was “Rockets to the Rescue.” Students were given a fictional scenario in which a natural disaster had left a remote island without food. The students were asked to design and build rockets that could deliver food to the island. After designing and building the aerodynamic vehicles, the students launched them and tried to hit targets that represented the remote island. The activity was designed to teach the principles of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), and spark the students’ interest in those subjects. Kannapolis City Schools puts a major emphasis on STEM education and has several teachers who are certified as STEM Fellows.

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