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Rocketfest Takes off for 11th Time

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Nearly one-hundred kids showed up for the 11th annual Rocketfest at the Kopernik Observatory and Science Center in Vestal on Saturday.

The event which sold out hosted three different sessions throughout the day with the first one starting at 9 am and the last one lifting off at 3 p.m. 

Rocketfest is a family event where kids got to be hands-on making model rocket ships with the help of their parents.

There were multiple kinds of rockets that could be made throughout the day based on experience, for those that have been coming to Rocketfest year after year there were more difficult designed rockets and for those beginners there were simplistic rockets, but don't let the simplicity fool you, all of the rockets launched when they were finished.

Drew Deskur, Executive Director of the Kopernik Observatory and Science Center says that the lessons kids learn at the science center are STEM-based.

Deskur says, "The whole point here is to try and spark some interest in some aspect of science or technology or engineering and hopefully it will get them to want to delve deeper into a topic or take it on as a career hopefully here in the Southern Tier".

Once the rockets were built and ready to launch the kid who built them got to press the ignition button so that they could watch it take off to infinity and beyond... or just hundred's of feet in the air.