By Bianca Roa The kids may be on vacation, but the learning doesn't have to end! ECHO offers one-day and week-long camps for childre...

1, 2, 3 Lift Off!

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By Bianca Roa



The kids may be on vacation, but the learning doesn't have to end! ECHO offers one-day and week-long camps for children to continue being engaged in science play outside of the classroom. Since many Vermont schools were off this Monday and Tuesday, several children were taking part in 1, 2, 3 Lift Off! a rocket themed camp for children in kindergarten up to fifth grade. I took a peek into their activities, and I know for sure I would rather be in this camp than in class!


Photo: Bianca Roa/ ECHO

Monday was dedicated to rocket design. The future scientists in the camp were given a goal: make the rocket that goes the furthest into orbit. Using recycled bottles, foam, and tape, the kids were able to put together rockets of all kinds.


Photo: Bianca Roa/ECHO

Afterwards Chris, the camp's leader, showed them just what their creations could do. Using an air compressor and a PVC pipe, the rockets took flight! The kids were elated to watch their bottle rockets soar into the air, some landing pretty far away.


Photo: Bianca Roa/ ECHO

The second day was geared towards heavy lifting rockets. A string was suspended from the ceiling and each team had to design balloon rockets that would be able to reach the top and carry the most paper clips.

Photo: Bianca Roa/ECHO

Each team were given a small cup, a straw, tape, paper clips, and had a choice in several balloon sizes. Careful calculations were the best path to victory for some.


Photo: Bianca Roa/ECHO

The trial and error process led to success and excitement for the children. Somebody call Houston, because we have lift off!



Photo: Bianca Roa/ECHO




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