- Associated Press - Friday, November 6, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Some Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University students are helping boost the interest of local fifth graders in science, technology, engineering and math fields, commonly called STEM.

The Embry-Riddle Honors Student Association used to judge science fairs at Daytona Beach area schools.

Association president Clare Jenkins told The Daytona Beach News-Journal (https://bit.ly/1NgPx8X ) that interest in the events held mostly at high schools was too tepid.

So the group recently decided to focus on fifth graders. Two weeks ago, students got a lesson on the laws of motion as defined by Sir Isaac Newton. On Thursday, the lessons came to life with a rocket launch on a field at the Ormond Beach school.

The Embry-Riddle students are hoping to inspire the children’s interest in STEM fields before they get to middle school.

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Information from: Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal, https://www.news-journalonline.com

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