On Saturday September 22, Harmony Science Academy – Laredo hosted their first ever Straw Rocket Challenge. Organized by science teachers Mr. Murat Konac, and Mr. Gurbey Demirturk, the event welcomed students and family members. Open to anyone over the age of 5, the event was designed to raise STEM awareness among the school community and to spark student interest in STEM. From 10am to 1pm students worked on their Straw Rockets, and then practiced launching their models. The rocket that reached the furthest distance would be claimed the winner. “Both students and parents were very excited to participate in the event. One team even brought their own launcher. Overall it was a successful event that all participants enjoyed,” said Gurbey Demirturk. Many thanks to dedicated STEM educators like these for going the extra mile to instill a love of science in our students.