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Sidney seventh graders launch bottle rockets at soccer fields


Anthony Ruiz

Sidney seventh grader Peyton Lewis, 13, preps her rocket for flight Thursday afternoon as part of her social studies and industrial arts class.

Far from their intended use, the fields at the Deer Run Park Soccer Complex were used as a launch pad for bottle rockets designed by 26 Sidney Middle Schools students early Thursday afternoon.

"The kids have fun," teacher Steve Hume said.

Hume teaches social studies and industrial arts at Sidney Middle School, a nine-week "exploratory class" that challenges students with construction projects.

"I make them do most of the work themselves," Hume said. "A lot of these kids have had everything done for them all their lives, and when they can do it themselves, they start to take a little bit of...

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