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Rocket Launching with LEGACY

On Friday, December 3, the 8th-grade students at Freeport Middle School in Freeport, Florida, had a high-flying opportunity to test water bottle rockets constructed in their science classes as part of the space flight and rockets curriculum. Kimberly Gasaway, LEGACY site lead with the Doolittle Institute, facilitated the launching of each group’s water bottle rocket.  The students learned first-hand to measure each rocket’s height, acceleration, and G-forces using a digital altimeter. 

Gasaway also spoke to the students about the LEGACY program, whose mission is to provide opportunities to inspire the next generation of STEM talent.  She explained the application process for the 2022 summer Craftsman STEM camp and its three-phase program designed for students from 11 years old to completion of their bachelor’s degree.  It intends to introduce STEM at a young age while growing student’s interest in the industry, leading them into a STEM career and hopefully hiring them into a STEM-driven Air Force career 

Applications for the summer Craftsman camp program will open on January 1, 2022.  All students are encouraged to apply.  For more information about the LEGACY program, please visit

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