Sixth graders join aeronautics club


Sixth grade students at Wills Point Middle School interested in learning about aeronautics submitted essays and referrals from teachers to become members of the newly formed WPMS Aeronautics Club.

Participants are learning about the history of flight from DaVinci to Space exploration along with discovering careers in the field of aeronautics. In addition, students will explore the basic principles of flight, aerodynamics, and propulsion.

In recent meetings, members have learned about the aerodynamics of a boomerang and how to throw it, as well as a paper airplane design competition for longest distance flown. They also plan to study solid fuel rockets, and students will be building and launching a working model rocket that can be retrieved and reused.

Students also took a virtual field trip on board the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier while learning about some of the many STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career opportunities associated with the field of aeronautics.

They have only been meeting for three weeks, but these students are “aiming high” for their future.