They may not be rocket scientists but students at Belington Elementary school were building rockets and launching them Friday afternoon.
The NASA Independent Verification and Validation Program looks to inspire young learners in four subject areas in particular.
"Today's primary goal is to educate and inspire students in NASA's science, technology, engineering and mathematics areas of endeavor," said Jess White, an Educational Specialist for NASA.
The program does this by making learning fun.
"We're trying to encourage kids to think of science technology engineering and mathematics more interesting as a result of their experience," White said.
Third graders in Mrs. McDaniels class definitely had some fun Friday afternoon.
"We are building bottle rockets," said Katelyn Cross, a 3rd grader at Belington Elementary.
"Going to make bottle rockets with Mr. White," said Gage Bibey, a 3rd grader at Belington Elementary.
Then the students took their rockets outdoors.
"We're going to launch them," Cross said.
"We're going to launch them in the baseball field and we're hoping to get them to the soccer field," Bibey said.
White said programs like this do prove to be successful.
"We've seen about a 27 percent increase interest in science, technology, engineering, mathematics areas of endeavor. So in other words students are more interested in those subjects," White said.
The third graders said they learned a lot in just a few hours.
"We learned engineering things. I learned some engineering things," Cross said.
"Like NASA works on computers. I never knew that," Bibey said.