BCAC launches hands-on learning experiences
Baldwyn Career Advancement Center students launched rockets last week as a hands-on learning project that they created themselves.
Eight of Mr. Morgan Fisher’s Advanced Manufacturing students spent three weeks designing, 3D-modeling, and printing the rockets using the program’s new 3D printer. Once complete, the class traveled to Latimer Park to launch their rockets.
“I was looking for ways to incorporate the 3D printer and a new learning experience for my students. While talking one day, Mr. Wilson and I recalled memories of building and launching model rockets as kids. Most of our students had never built or launched a model rocket before. We immediately knew what we could do to make this next lesson fun for our students,” Fisher explained.
The lesson entailed students completing the planning, designing, and printing of the model rockets. However, they would need a few additional components to launch and retrieve the rockets.
“Most all rockets use a parachute in the recovery process to slow the rocket’s descent. When given this problem, our students used a lot of ingenuity and used garbage bags to create parachutes for the rockets. The only things we did have to purchase were the model rocket engines, a launch base, and an igniter to complete the lesson,” Fisher added.
The students were able to launch the model rockets outdoors of the school campus twice. The rockets were estimated to have soared up to 750 feet.
Participating students in this lesson included three students who are third year capstones to Advanced Manufacturing (Payton Wood, Chris Hill, and Spencer Hooper – all of Baldwyn) and five students who are year two Advanced Manufacturing (Blaine Martin, Logan Potts, Riley Hoard – of Baldwyn and Eli Parker and Alayasia Grove – of Booneville).
“This is the exact kind of learning experience we had envisioned for our students when we were planning the BCAC curriculum. We are very proud of our students and staff and the efforts they are making to learn skills for their future success, but most importantly that they are making learning enjoyable for a lifetime,” Superintendent Jason McKay noted.