South Edmonson Elementary sent their "Bulldog Blasters," made up of 17 fourth-grade students to WKU and Aviation Park to compete in the first annual Rocket Building Competition. The Bulldog Blasters competed against 40 other schools from the region. The contest was made up of two parts, each with separate awards. The first was held at the WKU Research and Development Center, the second was at The Aviation Park on Three Springs Road. The first half of the contest required teams to first predict how far their hand-made rockets would travel on a special made runway. After the launch, points were given on accuracy of the actual distance and staying within the boundaries. The second half allowed students to fire the rockets straight up, where points were awarded on how long the rocket stayed airborne.
The Bulldog Blasters didn't fare very well during the first portion, and didn't place. However, the second portion was a different story and the team's rocket (made from classroom material and powered by compressed air) sailed longer than any other rocket in the contest, allowing the Bulldog Blasters to be top dogs of the day and winning the first place trophy. The team was coached by Mrs. Heather White and Mrs. Heather Deweese, both 4th grade teachers. Check out the highlights below with a list of all the team members.
Darren Doyle, Edmonson Voice
(Pictured in front of the airplane) Top, L-R: Xander Adamson, Ty Brantley, Kylee Houchins, Garreth Barbee, Sadie Blanton, Claire Burklow, MaKaylee Thompson, Alyssa Doyle, Reagan Nunn, Bladen Cook. Bottom: Jude Clemons, Zander Bass, Ryley Jones, Peyton Keith, Brayden Doerr. (Cam Lich and Daren Alexander not pictured.)