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SEED Blast Off a Success

Thursday, June 20, 2013
By Eladio Jaimez

SEEDThe first session of the five-week Summer Engineering Exploration Day (SEED) Program sponsored by Texas State Technical College’s College Readiness and Advancement Division was a success according to project manager Neri Balli.

Twenty-five students grades third to fifth from Raymondville and Lyford took part in a rocket-building class. The students spent the first hour in a classroom getting instructions on building their rockets. The second hour was spent building the rockets and the third and final hour the class went outside to launch their final products.

Third-grader Kasey Morales from Lyford Elementary called the camp “fun.”

“We learned how to balance the rocket using the right amount of air and water,” Morales said.

For fifth-grader Anthony Zuniga, the exposure to science, math and engineering had quite an impact on him.

“We learned the three Laws of Newton and building that rocket made learning about engineering fun,” Zuniga said.

The SEED Program is aimed to expose students from Willacy County to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) hoping to plant a seed for the future.

The next camp on June 21 will focus on building an egg drop apparatus and is open to third to fifth graders. The next two camps on June 28 (rocket) and July 12 (egg drop) are open to sixth to eight graders and the last camp on July 19 (rocket) is open to ninth to 12th graders. The camps are free to all students.

“It went great and it was a great start to the SEED program,” Balli said. “We wanted something for the students to do during the summer. At the same time, we wanted to expose them to some of the things we do at TSTC.”

For more information or to sign up your child, call 956-364-5184

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