Glebelands School


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Science lesson blasts off with balloon rocket experiment

More than 400 primary school pupils constructed balloon rockets that would carry a message across the length of the school hall.  Children from years 1 up to 8, tested their models before submitting them to the judges.  They also completed a maths challenge.

The rockets were judged on their design, the science incorporated and distance travelled. The furthest rocket flew seven metres.

Glebelands School in Parsonage Road, hosted the activities from the Monday to the Wednesday.  Stefan Radwanski, Head of Science said the school was focussed on promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects to give pupils a chance to experiment.  He said: "It was amazing to see the number of different types of balloon rockets that were produced from a small selection of materials, and the real anticipation on the pupils' faces as they waited for the launch of their rocket.

"It is a great chance for the teachers to really see the creativity of the pupils as they try to overcome the challenges they faced in making their rocket travel the furthest."

Source - Surrey Advertiser