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Rockets fueling aerospace interests among Auburn students

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By: Dorothy Sherman

AUBURN, AL - For Gracie Davis it's a new and fun experience.

"I've never shot a rocket. I've never even built a rocket," Davis said.

Davis is one of 700 7th graders from Drake Middle School that built their own rockets to shoot off on Thursday.

"Our rocket was designed to kind of look like fire. And so, making it look like when it went up it fire was kind of coming out of the rocket," Davis said.

Auburn University's NASA university student launch initiative rocket team, Nova, have been educating the middle students on aerospace engineering.

"The first day we gave a lesson on G forces and how G forces affect the human body," AU student and rocket team coordinator, A.J. Pollard said. "And then after that lesson we spent the rest of the day all yesterday building rockets together and today we spent the whole day launching them."

The lessons sparked aerospace interests.

"My first day, I had a whole lesson the lesson was actually supposed to last 30 to 45 minutes and then we were supposed to spend the rest of the time building rockets and we actually got that class really behind in building rockets because they were just popping questions off the top of their heads and just didn't want to stop talking," Pollards said.

As for Davis, she said launching rockets has been her favorite lesson yet.

Nova is competing in May at a competition in Utah.  They are currently building a 9-foot rocket they hope to shoot 17,000 ft in the sky.

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