It's Just Rocket Science

5-4-3-2-1 BLAST OFF! We have heard that phrase multiple times this past week at the library as we learned about rockets!

Our tween group worked together to attempt building a rocket roller coaster K’Nex kit. While we didn’t get it finished, we will continue working on it a little bit before and after our Tuesday evening programs until it’s finished. We also made balloon rocket launchers and straw rockets.

Our daycamps and California Summer School groups had a blast learning about Elon Musk, the creator of SpaceX, and Margaret Hamilton, developer of the on-board flight software for the Apollo missions. Then, they got the chance to make their own rockets! We made balloon rocket launchers and straw rockets. After they were done putting their rockets together, we launched them into “outer space!”

At our preschool storytime, we read about Pete the Cat’s Out of this World journey. Then, our preschool friends got to make their own rockets too! They got to make name rockets in which they built their rocket by how many letters were in their name.

We also ventured off into the lands of Jamestown and Latham where they were able to make straw rockets and balloon launchers. Kids of all ages loved these rockets! At Jamestown, the middle schoolers decided to take it a step further, and see who could launch their straw rockets the furthest.

Our week of rockets concluded Thursday evening with our elementary program. We invited NASA Solar System Ambassador Joy Johnson to present, and she gladly welcomed the challenge! After reading Elon Musk: This Book is About Rockets, Joy performed some stand up comedy. Who knew students would get a free comedy show as well?! Then, she shared with us the main parts of a rocket, and demonstrated how to make one. Everyone was mesmerized and ready to make their own after they saw her successful launch! With the help of parents, grandparents, and leaders, 34 kids were able to successfully create their own rocket to launch. It was the moment we had all been waiting for: LAUNCH TIME! Everyone was able to successfully launch their rocket!

We here at the Moniteau County Library want to thank everyone that came out this week for programs! We also want to extend a huge thank you to Mrs. Joy Johnson for sharing her love of science and rockets with us!

If you missed out on meeting her, she will be joining us again on July 20th for our Back to the Moon program!

This program is supported by the the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

Heidi Porter