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Students take to the trees for science

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Whitfield School students climb trees to conduct science experiments. (Credit: KMOV) Whitfield School students climb trees to conduct science experiments. (Credit: KMOV)
CREVE COEUR, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A physics class in West St. Louis County have sent over 70 students into the trees.

Whitfield School students put what they've learned about the earth's forces and laws of motion to the test.

Students took turns climbing an oak tree and dropping objects from different heights to measure how long it took them to hit the ground.
    
The kids then took that information back to the classroom to determine the terminal speed of each object.

The science experiment also helped students conquer their fear, according to Dean Eckhoff, physics teacher at Whitfield School.

"There's always some students that are a little bit scared at first, but their comrades help cheer them on,” Eckhoff said. “So it’s really neat to see some of the students who are hesitant at first and then next time you look up and they are 30 to 40 feet up in the air."

"I never thought I would be trying this but everyone else is doing it, so I decided I wanted to do it and I'm really happy I did," Carlie Pratt, junior at Whitfield School, said.


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