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Rocket Program E/PO

A third grade student from High Peaks Elementary School dresses in a bunny suit during a LASP tour. The tour was guided by LASP Rocket Program professionals. (Courtesy LASP)

The LASP Rocket Program develops and conducts various Education and Public Outreach (E/PO) for students in and around the Boulder Valley. Past Rockets Program E/PO activities are summarized below.

Experiments

The LASP Rocket Program coordinates classroom experiments for third grade Boulder Valley School District classes. This education and outreach program started in 1997 at the Bear Creek Elementary, High Peaks Elementary, and Creekside at Martin Park Elementary Schools, and is sponsored by the NASA Space Science Division as an “Ionospheric, Thermosphere, Mesosphere” suborbital program.

Math Olympiads

About 30 fourth and fifth grade students from High Peaks and BCSIS Elementary Schools participated in the national Math Olympiad program during the 2000-2001 school year. This program was taught by LASP volunteers Tom Woods and Debbie Feyh. The Math Olympiad program provides a broad exposure to creative problem solving with five contests spread out over the year. Each contest includes five challenging problems, and the average student often only gets one or two problems correct. The test results from each contest are sent to the national Math Olympiad’s office, where the individual student scores and the team score—sum of the top 10 scores—are tracked.

The Boulder team scored very well with 121 points. The final meeting for Math Olympiads of the 2000-2001 school year was held on Friday, May 18, 2001, as an award ceremony. Each student received a certificate from the national Math Olympiad office, and additional awards were presented for several outstanding performances. The students that scored above the national 50% level received a Math Olympiads badge; two of these students also scored above the national 20% level, and achieved a silver Math Olympiad pin. The three students with the highest scores received a Math Olympiad trophy.