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Bench Elementary students launching into the world of rocketry

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(MTN News photo:  Jim Noble (left) and Susan Baker are this week's One Class at a Time winners) (MTN News photo: Jim Noble (left) and Susan Baker are this week's One Class at a Time winners)

While some kids are playing with toys, students at Bench Elementary in Billings are getting ready to play with rockets.

Yes. You read that right.

But it's not just for fun. It's to learn the basics of rocketry and the science behind how rockets actually work.

As part of the STEM program, these fifth graders will soon be launching their own rockets with the help of Big Sky Science Education Enhancement, a non-profit organization set to educate students on the science of rocketry.

But before students can get the hands-on experience and create their own rocket, they will need some extra funds to purchase necessary supplies like motors and rocket shells.

That's why fifth grade teachers Jim Noble and Susan Baker of Bench Elementary are this week's One Class at a Time recipient of a $300 grant from Q2 and First Interstate Bank.

Their teachers said the students tend to be more engaged and motivated when they can touch and create what they are learning.

"We focus on robots and that type of science education, and so we thought it would be fun to kind of take it one step to a different side of science education and kind of look at building rocketry,” Baker said.

"When we talk about STEM research, that’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, all of those come into play when you're dealing with rocketry and so in order for the kids to actually understand it, it helps to have a hands-on approach to something they can actually play with and even tweak a little if they need to. So it's going to be an excellent program, I'm really excited about it,” Noble said.

The pair came up with the idea as a way to enhance their students learning in the field of science.

If you know of a teacher with a great classroom idea and needs help with some extra funds, please let us know.

The application and other useful information can be found here.

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