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Rocket Boy Homer Hickam Ignites Passion for Science in 4th Grade Engineers

The 4th graders at Willow Creek Elementary and their amazing teacher, Lisa Heaton, took a lesson out of the books, literally, and tested their rocket-building skills. They read Homer Hickam's book, Rocket Boys. Then they set out on their own…
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The Explosive Power of Ethanol Rocket Fuel

This demonstration involves fire and is intended for trained chemistry teachers. Do not do this at home. Homer Hickam's Rocket Boys is the story of kids in the 1950's who were fascinated with rocket science. The characters use pipes filled…

Wild About Rocket Boys - Wilder Elementary Students Honor Homer Hickam's Passion for Science

Houston, we have lift-off! The fourth graders at Wilder Elementary in Littleton, Colorado, invited me to participate in their annual paper rocket launch. This 4th grade unit is inspired by the original rocket boy, Homer Hickam. Instead of using…

Young Rocket Scientists Inspired by Homer Hickam

Only a very cool teacher gives this kind of homework to her students... "Using only construction paper and tape, I want you to design a rocket." Lisa Heaton, the Gifted and Talented teacher showed her students a specially designed rocket launcher…