- Associated Press - Sunday, April 30, 2017

JAL, N.M. (AP) - High school teams from around New Mexico launched rockets into the sky near the town of Jal, including one that reached 2,400 feet before descending.

One of the onlookers at Thursday’s event was New Mexico state Sen. Gay Kernan, who said she was happy to see students engaging in educational activities outside the classroom.

Such projects will help boost interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in New Mexico, she said.

Participants in Discovery Education System’s Go New Mexico rocket launching event included schools from Carlsbad, Loving, Hobbs, Lovington, Jal and Lake Arthur, The Current Argus reported (https://bit.ly/2oMfQU5).

Each team launched one to three rockets that stood at least 5 feet tall and were first inspected to ensure they were ready for takeoff.

The students said they enjoyed the experience and considered the launch of their rockets an accomplishment.

“It was a new experience,” said Carlsbad High School senior Justice Sahd. “We made a full-scale rocket and launched it. That actually happened.”

Loving High School freshman Chloe Vaughn said it was “pretty amazing” to watch her team’s first rocket go higher than 2,000 feet before coming back down.


Information from: Carlsbad Current-Argus, https://www.currentargus.com/

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