Girls Inc. of San Antonio hosted the 11th Annual Girls Inc. RockIt Into The Future Science Festival presented by USAA on May 13. This was a free event for the entire community. Through this festival girls, along with their families, were able to explore, ask questions, solve problems, and develop enthusiasm for skills in STEM. The Girls Inc. was looking for students and groups that wanted to show off their great projects and inspire other kids to explore STEM. Each exhibitor was asked to provide a hands-on activity for kids attending the event. Electricians, engineers, architects, mechanics, naturalists, chemists, biologists, and doctors were also invited to present as professionals in the field.
A contingent of 8th grade KSAT students perspicaciously represented the incredible accomplishments, rockets, and experiences that they have had in their three years at KSAT at the festival.
KSAT showed up with their award-winning SL rocket that the students recently flew in Alabama with NASA. The SL rocket is not just a pretty tube that flies high (over a mile), but was built to house a scientific experiment (with advisory support from Colgate University) about the effect that g-force has upon the growth river fern spores.
Many adults were blown away to hear such scientific proficiency explained in such a free-flowing manner from such young adults. Through many questions and discussions ranging from rocketry to biology, visitor after visitor walked away visually impressed. Even Mayor Ivy Taylor seemed to be enraptured by Rabia’s working knowledge of the complex physics involved in advanced rocketry.
The KSAT students were not just there to demonstrate what they have accumulated in their brains. They were also there to share the passion they have for rockets with two different rocket activities for the visiting youngsters. These inquisitive kids were able to build simple rockets and fly them within just a couple of minutes.
Posted on 05/18/2017