Here’s Why These Halton Students are Earning High Praise

Two Halton students have recently been receiving a lot of praise.

According to a recent news release on the Halton District School Board website, Sam Crane and Hamza Shah, two Grade 11 students at Dr. Frank J. Hayden Secondary School in Burlington, started and are leading a rocketry club.

The club meets every Wednesday during lunch break.

The two students are hoping that the club will help lead them into the aerospace engineering field in the future.

"Hamza and I started the rocketry club because, for me, it has been a hobby of mine since I was in Grade 5," Crane said in a recent news release.

"I really wanted to find other like-minded people and work together to build rockets and share ideas and interests."

The club consists of students making non-propulsion model rockets, earlier this year at the school.

Being a part of the rocketry club, according to a recent news release, has been effective in terms of pulling in various educational streams, such as science and physics, as well as helping students further their understanding of these disciplines.

"The whole idea of the club is to learn engineering, science, physics and math principles in a fun and rewarding way by building and experimenting with model rockets," Crane said in a recent news release.

In the news release, Shah added, "In addition to the love of helping other people think curiously, we work collaboratively, obtain good leadership skills and have learned that more brains working together is better than one."

The principal of the school, Nicholas Varricchio, in the news release, said that the club has also been valuable when it comes to teaching students the curriculum.

"They allow students to see real-life connections and applications to the study of mathematics, science and integrated technology, in an authentic, fun way that is driven by student interest," Varricchio said in a recent news release.

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