Centennial rocket launch celebrated across state

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The Centennial Rocket Launch, to celebrate New Mexico’s centennial, took place at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11 One hundred schools throughout New Mexico participated in this event, and several Socorro County schools took part, including Zimmerly Elementary School, Socorro High School, Sarracino Middle School, Midway and San Antonio Elementary School. .

Jonathan Miller/El Defensor Chieftain: Hanson Oxford retrieves the rocket that was successfully launched at Socorro High School on Thursday morning.

“It’s 100 rockets, for 100 years with 100 schools in New Mexico who are participating,” said Socorro High School science teacher Craig Addis.

The rocket launch was important because it commemorates the centennial year of the state, said Romi Sloboda, administrative assistant for the New Mexico Centennial Foundation.

The New Mexico Centennial Rocket Launch was designed to be a focus on New Mexico’s history of rocketry and science, said Centennial Director Ona Johnson. The project focused on New Mexico’s past and the future, honoring New Mexico teachers and school children.

“It’s a free educational project,” Johnson said. “Teachers are taking on the project because it’s fun for the students.” Schools throughout New Mexico that volunteered to participate in the rocket launch were given one large model rocket, curriculum, lesson plan and the movie “October Sky.”