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Indian Village Elementary fifth-graders watch as water rockets built by students are launched at the Fort Wayne Air National Guard base.
Education notebook

5th-graders’ rockets blast off

Who knew that rockets filled with water and constructed using a pop bottle, cardboard tube, foam, a pingpong ball, masking tape and hot glue could fly higher than 120 feet in the air?

Fifth-graders from Indian Village Elementary learned it was indeed possible Tuesday afternoon when teachers launched their handmade rockets. Students counted down and their mouths dropped as they watched the rockets shoot into the air before landing seconds later.

The rockets were made during the during a STARBASE class, held at the Fort Wayne Air National Guard. STARBASE is a program sponsored by the Department of Defense to teach students about STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – fields in a hands-on learning environment.

“The goal is to get them interested in STEM at a young age,” said Scott Liebhauser, program director.

The program is working with eight schools, which bring classes of 30 students once a week for five weeks to learn about robotics, geometry, chemistry and rocketry. It focuses on low-income schools to give these students opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have.


•Mathnasium has announced the winners of its TriMathlon math competition. Third grade: first, Connor Hire, Washington Center Elementary; second, Brady Willwerth, homeschooled; third, Jeffrey Hopper, Weisser Park Elementary. Fourth grade: first, Josh Carter, Leo Elementary; second, Jackson Bradley, St. Vincent’s Catholic School; third, Kyler Kellogg, Kellogg Academy. Fifth grade: first, Aaron Kreie, Arlington Elementary; second, Peishanika Arnold, Holy Cross Lutheran School; third, Mason Pickett, Croninger Elementary. Sixth grade: first, TJ Hire, Shawnee Middle second; Henry Tran, St. Vincent’s; third, Alyssa Hall, St. Vincent’s.

•The following Cantebury Middle School students have been selected to the 2012 Northern Indiana All-Region Middle School Orchestra: Sarah Diem, violin, eighth grade; Sophia Slates, violin, seventh grade; and Elise Wellman, viola, eighth grade.

•Heritage Junior-Senior High School senior Rachel Hammond was elected as the central director of the National Junior Horticultural Association and will serve in the office for one year.

•The Indiana Association of School Principals will recognize Nicole Singer, assistant principal at Woodlan Junior-Senior High School, as the 2012 Secondary Assistant Principal from District 3. She will be among 12 winners who will be entered to become Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year.

Saint Francis

•The university has received $275,000 for scholarships that will be awarded to students in the final year of the master of science in nursing, nurse practitioner program. The funds will provide up to $12,000 for full-time and $11,000 for part-time students. Contact Jamie McGrath, executive director of enrollment services, at 399-8003 or

•From 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, students will go door-to-door to collect donations of nonperishable food for the USF Feeds the Fort Halloween Challenge to restock the shelves of local food banks. Students will display stickers identifying them as part of the Halloween night food collection effort.

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