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P-TECH students used balloons, drinking straws, masking tape, pencils, and other office supplies to build rockets.
The P-TECH Mentors Day was part of Engineers Week, a worldwide series of IBM community events.
Emotions ran high as the "rockets" hit the wall or fizzled out.
Students were learning about collaboration as well as rocket propulsion.
IBM mentors (in black t-shirts) helped the students sketch and test their designs.