6th graders launch a garbage can rocket to learn Newton’s Laws of physics

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Sixth graders at Sioux City’s West Middle School got a hands on look today at Newton’s third law of physics.

Students launched a garbage can as a rocket by using phase changing chemicals to prove that every action has an equal and opposite reaction.
The students have done smaller, but similar experiments with film canisters and Alka-Seltzer. The superintendent challenged them to this, bigger experiment.
“We spent the better part of a week on Newton’s laws where they were doing lots of different hands on experiments, different demonstrations to help them understand those basic concepts” says Anthony Gaul, sixth grade science teacher, West Middle School.
“It was fun because like, you got to see what happens instead of just telling you what happens, you got like an actual live moment” says a sixth grade student.
The students all watched from the sidelines as teachers prepped the launch.

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