We have liftoff!

PUHI — “You used all our water,” said Madhav Collins-Doijode to a student who wanted to use some of the student’s supply Friday during the launch of recycled plastic soda bottles at Kauai Community College field behind the Elections Building. “We barely have enough left to launch our bottle.”

Collins was one of the students in the sold-out “Busted: Myths in Science” program taught by Paul Holwegner, a teacher from the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School.

“We had wait lists for both this class and the woodworking class that started this week,” said Cheryl Stiglmeier, the College Kids coordinator for the Kauai Community College Office of Continuing Education and Training. “I can’t wait to see how the kids do during the automotive class.”

Curtis Broyles, the campus security who was drawn to the scene of bottle launches by the excitement and students, said it was good to have kids gain this type of knowledge.

“We had to learn these things when I was their age,” Broyles said. “They’re the right age to have to know these things.”

The bottle launches Friday involved the study of water and air pressure, juggling the amount of water in the bottles compared to the amount of air measured in pounds per square inch in each bottle, the results being tallied by students who were not directly involved in the launch, or playing with their hand-sized water-air model rockets.

Kids College continues June 20 through 24 with “Robotics with Mindstrom,” and “Physiology for Your Heath.”

“ABC’s of Automotive” and “Nuts and Bolts of Electricity” fill the week of June 27 through July 1, and “A is for Agriculture” rounds out the summer program, July 5 through 8.

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