Alice Byrne Elementary kids launch rockets

YUMA, Ariz. – You might call them miniature rocket scientists.  Fourth grade students from Alice Byrne Elementary launched their rockets with the help of a team from Yuma’s Civil Air Patrol and the San Luis Middle School Rocket Club.

Martha Palacios. a rocketeer from the San Luis club, says she feels the emotion every time they attempt a lift off.  While they were out to help 4th grade students launch a smaller version of the rocket they use, in just two weeks her and her teammates will get a real test.   They head to Washington D.C. for a national rocket launching competition.

Chris Jones, a 4th grade teacher at the elementary school, says it gives students the opportunity for some fun and hands-on learning. This project allows them to cover teaching criteria like assembly, flight, and electricity.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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