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Launching STEM, with rockets, coding and LEGOs

Godwin high and middle school students participated in a range of STEM activities including launching rockets, learning about rain, and building with LEGOs

Godwin Heights  — “Wow!” and “Holy cow!” were just some of the comments from spectators when sixth-grader Ethan Bently shot off his water-pressurized rocket.

The rocket launch was one of several brain-building projects featured at the Godwin Heights’ annual STEM Night at the high school on Sept. 20. The event, which was for students in sixth-12th grades and their families, focused on science, technology, engineering and math activities.

Some of the other activities included computer coding, personal finance, creating a hexagon kaleidoscope, an estimation game and building with LEGOs.

Seventh-grader Maci Slack does a rain cloud experiment during the STEM Night at the high school

A popular station was a rain cloud experiment where students used droppers to drip colored water on shaving cream that floated in a cup of water. The idea was for the students to discover how much water it takes to accumulate in a cloud before it starts raining. Once the shaving cream cloud got too heavy, the colored water would fall through.

High school instructional specialist Melissa Musial said STEM Night is an opportunity to build a bridge between the middle and high school, as well as give parents an opportunity to see what their students are learning in the classroom. 

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Joanne Bailey-Boorsma
Joanne Bailey-Boorsma
Joanne Bailey-Boorsma is a reporter covering Kent ISD, Godwin Heights, Kelloggsville, Forest Hills and Comstock Park. The salutatorian for the Hartland Public Schools class of 1985, she changed her colors from blue and maize to green and white by attending Michigan State University, where she majored in journalism. Joanne moved to the Grand Rapids area in 1989, where she started her journalism career at the Advance Newspapers. She later became the editor for On-the-Town magazine, a local arts and entertainment publication. Her eldest daughter is a nurse, working in Holland, and her youngest attends Oakland University. Both are graduates from Byron Center High School. She is a volunteer for the Van Singel Fine Arts Advisory Board and the Kent District Library. In her free time, Joanne enjoys spending time with her family, checking out local theater and keeping up with all the exchange students they have hosted through the years. Read Joanne's full bio


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