Having a blast at Camarillo Heights

Around 50 fifth grade students at Camarillo Heights Elementary learned how to build and launch water rockets made out of two two-liter bottles, 20 marbles, a half-cup of sand and foam board. The projectile which remained in the air the longest won the contest. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers PREPARING THE ROCKET - Fifth graders Kolby Mitchell, 11, left, Ashlee Wirz, 11, and Mika Josue, 10, fill their water rocket with water during science class at Camarillo Heights Elementary on May 13. The water rocket is made out of two two-liter bottles, 20 marbles, a half-cup of sand and foam board. Around 50 students participated in the event. The projectile which remained in the air the longest won the contest.

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PREPARING THE ROCKET – Fifth graders Kolby Mitchell, 11, left, Ashlee Wirz, 11, and Mika Josue, 10, fill their water rocket with water during science class at Camarillo Heights Elementary on May 13. The water rocket is made out of two two-liter bottles, 20 marbles, a half-cup of sand and foam board. Around 50 students participated in the event. The projectile which remained in the air the longest won the contest.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers WE HAVE LIFT-OFF - Fifth graders Natalia Fahs, 11, left, Addyrose Jenkins, 10, and Emily Chin, 10, react as their water rocket launches during science class at Camarillo Heights Elementary on May 13. The water rocket is made out of two two-liter bottles, 20 marbles, a half-cup of sand and foam board. Around 50 students participated in the event. The projectile which remained in the air the longest won the contest.

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WE HAVE LIFT-OFF – Fifth graders Natalia Fahs, 11, left, Addyrose Jenkins, 10, and Emily Chin, 10, react as their water rocket launches during science class at Camarillo Heights Elementary on May 13. The water rocket is made out of two two-liter bottles, 20 marbles, a half-cup of sand and foam board. Around 50 students participated in the event. The projectile which remained in the air the longest won the contest.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers LIFT-OFF - A water rocket made out of two two-liter bottles, 20 marbles, a half-cup of sand and foam board launches during science class at Camarillo Heights Elementary on May 13.

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LIFT-OFF – A water rocket made out of two two-liter bottles, 20 marbles, a half-cup of sand and foam board launches during science class at Camarillo Heights Elementary on May 13.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers WATCHING THE ACTION - Fifth grade students watch a water rocket launch in the air during science class at Camarillo Heights Elementary on May 13. The water rocket is made out of two two-liter bottles, 20 marbles, a half-cup of sand and foam board. Around 50 students participated in the event. The projectile which remained in the air the longest won the contest.

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WATCHING THE ACTION – Fifth grade students watch a water rocket launch in the air during science class at Camarillo Heights Elementary on May 13. The water rocket is made out of two two-liter bottles, 20 marbles, a half-cup of sand and foam board. Around 50 students participated in the event. The projectile which remained in the air the longest won the contest.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers RECOVERY - Fifth grader Nicolas de Greef, 10, runs back with his team's water rocket after it was launched in the air during science class at Camarillo Heights Elementary on May 13. The water rocket is made out of two two-liter bottles, 20 marbles, a half-cup of sand and foam board. Around 50 students participated in the event. The projectile which remained in the air the longest won the contest.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers
RECOVERY – Fifth grader Nicolas de Greef, 10, runs back with his team’s water rocket after it was launched in the air during science class at Camarillo Heights Elementary on May 13. The water rocket is made out of two two-liter bottles, 20 marbles, a half-cup of sand and foam board. Around 50 students participated in the event. The projectile which remained in the air the longest won the contest.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers GETTING READY FOR LIFTOFF - John Jenkins loads a water rocket onto the launcher during science class at Camarillo Heights Elementary on May 13. Jenkins, husband of fifth grade teacher Cyndee, volunteered to teach kids about how to build and launch their water rockets for the project.

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GETTING READY FOR LIFTOFF – John Jenkins loads a water rocket onto the launcher during science class at Camarillo Heights Elementary on May 13. Jenkins, husband of fifth grade teacher Cyndee, volunteered to teach kids about how to build and launch their water rockets for the project.

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