Seminole Ridge High School students in the SECME Engineering Club and the National Honor Society chapter hosted a special blood drive to honor the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
The Hawks host its annual blood drive “Give Blood: It’s Not Rocket Science,” which recognizes that giving blood is a small sacrifice with great rewards. Each donation can help to save up to three lives. For every pint given, SECME celebrates by letting the student launch a personalized pressurized water rocket launch. Working in teams, SECME students constructed water rockets from 2-liter soft drink bottles and other materials, which are propelled by the “fuel” of a pint of water and air compressed to 70 psi.
This year, to honor and reflect on the loss of the 20 children and six educators in the community of Newtown, Conn., Seminole Ridge students released 26 water rockets into the sky, dedicated to each individual killed in the shooting.
Jan. 28 is also the day of remembrance for Sharon Christa McAuliffe, the teacher who perished in the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion on Jan. 28, 1986. Blood donations will be dedicated in memory of her and her fellow crewmates.
Above: Students in Eric Landstrom’s AP physics class.