Area students have 'blast off' at BPC

By Josh Niswonger
BPC Public Relations

MOUNT VERNON -- For the second straight year, elementary and home school students from four counties came to Brewton-Parker College to see how far their model rockets could soar into the sky.

Twenty-two students from Montgomery, Toombs, Treutlen and Wheeler counties joined Brewton-Parker faculty and students from the mathematics and natural sciences division for a morning of fun-filled learning on Sept. 20.

The Heart of Georgia Youth Science and Technology Center (HGYSTC) also helped sponsor this learning experience. The partnership between Brewton-Parker College and the HGYSTC has provided for several of these great events the past few years.

The elementary school-aged children participated in a hands-on rocket quest in which they were allowed to build rockets, under close supervision, and ignite them into the deep, blue sky.

The rockets reached some amazing heights that the eye could hardly see. The day was definitely a "blast" for all who were involved.

Dr. David McMillan, chair of Brewton-Parker's math and natural sciences division, offered his appreciation to all who supported this great, educational event.

Brewton-Parker and the HGYSTC will be sponsoring additional activities throughout this school year.

The next event is the Centennial Math and Science Festival on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Morgan-Moses Math and Science Center on the Brewton-Parker campus in Mount Vernon.

Students in kindergarten through the 12th grade will participate in hands-on science demonstrations and math games, with a variety of booths available for all ages.

Inquiries concerning the Math and Science Festival may be directed to Deborah Kirz, district coordinator, Heart of Georgia Youth Science and Technology Center at (478) 374-2240 Ext. 133 or; or to McMillin at (912) 583-3140 or


Jordan Romans (right), a sophomore at Brewton-Parker College from Warner Robins, assists one of the 22 area elementary school students who attended the Rocket Fun Science Day with his rocket launch from the Ed Moses Soccer Field on the Brewton-Parker campus in Mount Vernon on Sept. 20. (Photo by Charles Conkin)