Opa-Locka hosts Elementary School STEM Space Club for Rocketry Day
Monday, February 18, 2019

By 1st Lt Christian Dominguez, Opa-Locka Cadet Sq., Florida Wing

Miami Gardens, Florida -

Opa-Locka, Fla. – On Saturday, February 16, 2019, the Opa-Locka Cadet Squadron hosted a Water-Bottle Model Rocketry day for members of the Palm Spring North Elementary School STEM Space Club led by their teacher, Dr. Rossana Chiarella, a CAP Aerospace Education Member.

The cadets spent the first half of the day using their knowledge of rocketry mechanics, safety, ingenuity and aerospace principles to assist the club members in fabricating water bottle rockets from everyday household items. The cadets and students then ended the day by launching the rockets and watched in awe as they darted into the sky.

The activity was led jointly by Capt. Roberto Rodriguez, Opa-Locka Cadet Squadron Aerospace Officer and Dr. Chiarella, who have successfully coordinated this event during the past three years.

The commander of the Opa-Locka Cadet Squadron, 1st Lt. Miguel de la Fuente commented, “It is great seeing the cadets using their knowledge of model rocketry to help the students create these wonderful rockets.” All who attended, including parents of some of the club members, enjoyed the activity and are looking forward to the next rocketry day so they may continue to learn and have fun from the experience. 

Opa-Locka Cadets and STEM Space Club student-members launching their water bottle rockets
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Reviewed by: Lt. Col. Trevor Stewart
Syndicated to: Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 7
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