Blast Off: Local second graders launch rockets

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Second grade students at Topeka Collegiate School launched self-made rockets to better understand space travel. 

For weeks up to the launch, the students were learning about the solar systems, the constellations and the International Space Station, according to teacher Melanie Kayser. 

The students built rockets out of recycled two-liter bottles and duct tape and launched the rockets on Friday. 

The rockets had to have a cone and fins to make sure it flies but students were given creative freedom to work on the project with their families. 

The rockets were launched using water and compressed air. 

Kayser said the students are always proud of their accomplishments, regardless of how high their rocket flies. 

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