Middlesex students take to the air
Middlesex Middle School eighth-grade students on the Green Team showcased their creativity, style and physics knowledge with Flugtag, which in German means Flight or Flying Day.
The full-day event challenges teams to build homemade flying machines, which were launched off the school roof. The objective of the MMS Flugtag was to teach students about the physics involved in flight. The crafts, which students called the Fliegen Vogels ("flying birds") had to have a 5-pound weight limit and a 12-inch wheelbase able to roll down an 8-foot ramp mounted on the school's roof. Students organized into teams to design and build their Fliegen Vogel.
They also had to create a team logo, press kit and costume, as well as some other model, exhibit or performance relating to their flying craft.
On launch day, the teams, dressed in costumes, weighed their Fliegen Vogel, and prepared to watch their craft launch from the roof. Teachers Kathryn Vespe and Tim Sorensen were in charge of launching the students' creations off the roof in back of the school. While Liam Russell's (aka Overlord Guild) aircraft flew the farthest (18 meters), the students judged each other's creations and awarded winners in several other categories.