More than a dozen incoming high school freshmen in Santa Maria are “Rocketing into High School” with a science-filled orientation event days before the school year kicks off.
Science teachers from the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District worked with students to participate in the Next Generation Science Standards Engineering Design Challenge to welcome them into high school. Students were asked to build bottle rockets before launching them, all in an effort to figure out what makes the model rockets go the farthest.
The event allowed students to get to know some of the teachers they may take classes from through the wonders of science.
“I think it’s definitely a great experience because it’s free and it’s just a good opportunity to learn things about rockets or if you are just interested in this stuff,” said Angel Salcido, an incoming freshman at Pioneer Valley High School.
The first day for schools in the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District is Monday, August 12.