Sunday, September 15, 2019

09.13.2019 - Friday - STEAM

09.13.2019 – Friday
Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math

“Friday light.”

     Hi STEAM students. As we complete the two weeks on Civil Engineering -  focusing on buildings and houses - we will spend some time on aeronautical engineering. Having grown up right here next to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) it seems a natural engineering subject to explore.

     Today we watched a bit of “October Sky.”: Based on the novel “Rocket Boys” by Homer Hickam.  I’ve had the good fortune to visit the area of West Virginia where the novel was based. My father grew up in Charmco, West Virginia and we passed around a sample of coal from the very mine in the movie. We’re only watching a selected piece of the movie but I highly recommend. the novel. The book recounts the efforts of a small group of Coalwood, West Virginia high school students as they attempt to build and fly model rockets to enter a science fair. 

     Homer Hickam was kind enough to respond to a letter and the story is a wonderful example of the scientific method in action.

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