PHOTO GALLERY/Video: Just under the radar: bottle rockets over Marco

Students have their creations launched into the blue yonder

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A short video of a couple of the blast-offs

A short video of a couple of the blast-offs Watch »

A rocket goes skywards during the session.

Photo by QUENTIN ROUX, Staff

A rocket goes skywards during the session.

Teacher Shane Totten readies a bottle rocket for takeoff on a PVC launch contraption. Propulsion is provided by the release of compressed air in a soda bottle.

Photo by QUENTIN ROUX, Staff

Teacher Shane Totten readies a bottle rocket for takeoff on a PVC launch contraption. Propulsion is provided by the release of compressed air in a soda bottle.

Bart Simpson, seemingly an unwilling passenger in one of the more imaginative rockets, awaits take-off.

Photo by QUENTIN ROUX, Staff

Bart Simpson, seemingly an unwilling passenger in one of the more imaginative rockets, awaits take-off.

Not likely to pass muster at NASA, this bottle rocket nevertheless has a distinctive personality all of its own.

Photo by QUENTIN ROUX, Staff

Not likely to pass muster at NASA, this bottle rocket nevertheless has a distinctive personality all of its own.

Rockets exhibit their diverse designs and color schemes before being launched.

Photo by QUENTIN ROUX, Staff

Rockets exhibit their diverse designs and color schemes before being launched.

Spectators, aka Marco Island Charter Middle School 6th Grade students, watch the proceedings from a safe distance.

Photo by QUENTIN ROUX, Staff

Spectators, aka Marco Island Charter Middle School 6th Grade students, watch the proceedings from a safe distance.

Under the tutelage of Marco Island Charter Middle School science teacher Dr. Vincent Albanese — helped by fellow teacher and hands-on compressed air technician Shane Totten — students designed and launched bottle rockets as an end-of-year project. Some were clearly made by amateur backyard aeronautical engineer dads, others fashioned 100 percent by students. But in the end, the aim was achieved — understanding science can be a heap of fun.

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