SCF SPACE Club Donates Model Rocket to Harllee Middle School

(Bradenton, Fla., March 21, 2012) — State College of Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Students Promoting Astronomy, Cosmology & Exploration of Space (SPACE) Club will present a Saturn V scale model rocket to Harllee Middle School students at 10:15 a.m. on Friday, March 23.

During the presentation, David Barnes, SPACE Club adviser and SCF natural sciences adjunct instructor, and SCF students will discuss the model rocket, the history of Saturn V and the future of the U.S. space program to students in the Introduction to Technology class taught by Harllee Technical Education Teacher Joel Kaplan.

Made of foam board and card stock, the eight-foot rocket was constructed by 25 SCF students in three weeks. SCF students are donating the rocket as an outreach project for the SPACE Club in an effort to encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

“Building a rocket is a fun way to get students excited about STEM and motivate them to apply these concepts when they work on their own projects,” Barnes said.

As a magnet school that emphasizes engineering technology, Harllee Middle School is the right fit for the rocket donation. Kaplan, who is receiving the rocket for use in his classroom, is a 36-year veteran teacher with additional experience training teachers in rocketry.

“The rocket is a great asset to our classroom, and it’s arriving in time for us to begin studying rocketry as part of the curriculum next month,” said Kaplan.

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