Library hosts rocket race for summer reading program

ROCKET SCIENCE: John May, 7, works on his rocket. He won several rounds of the races to come out the overall victor.

BIG RAPIDS – Not all rockets blast into space at 25,000 miles per hour, trailing streams of burning fuel. Some are powered by balloons and can travel nine feet.

About 20 children gathered at the Big Rapids Community Library on Tuesday to build rockets and race them. John May took first place, and Gigi Green came in second.

After cutting out and decorating paper rockets, children taped straws to the cutouts and attached the straws to balloons. The next step was to blow up the balloons and run a string through each straw. Then children could release the balloon, which propelled it along the string. The first rocket to reach the end of the string won.

OFF TO THE RACES: A group of children lines up to race the rockets they made at a summer reading program event on Tuesday at the Big Rapids Community Library. Rockets complement the program’s focus on the night sky and space, which goes along with the theme “dream big.” (Pioneer photos/Lauren Fitch)

Visit the photo gallery to see more photos from the rocket race.

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