This evening our family launched water bottle rockets! The last two weeks my 4th and 5th grade STEM students have been building and launching them, and this week my wife is going to build and launch them with her 3rd and 4th graders at Positive Tomorrows. This was her opportunity to have a hands-on lesson and field test with the awesome PITSCO Aquaport II Water Rocket Launcher, which I’m borrowing from Sand Springs science teacher, Lisa Seay. (Thanks to our engineering design session at EdCampTulsa a month ago.) I created a short iMovie Trailer on my iPhone 5S with some clips we recorded during our launches tonight. It was a perfect evening in Oklahoma City to launch rockets in the park! We had several dog walkers and bicycle riders who paused to watch the fun.

I uploaded my final, exported movie to YouTube using the free YouTube Capture app, but THIS TIME I remembered to turn OFF “enhancements” including image stabilization and color correction. Last week one of my uploaded launch movies from school was mysteriously reduced from over three minutes to a mere 2 seconds by this “enhancement” option in the app. So beware! These enhancements are turned ON by default by YouTube Capture.

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