CORRALES, N.M. (KRQE) – An elementary school science project is raising eyebrows and questions. A second grade student gave his presentation on “Best Bombs” and the best way to burn stuff. The district said the project was misinterpreted.
“Honestly, I don’t believe that the assignment should’ve been allowed,” Jennifer Laskowski said.
“I don’t think it was meant to hurt anyone,” Jamal Williams added.
Parents at Corrales Elementary School are split over what they saw at Wednesday night’s science fair. More specifically, a project called “Best Bombs.”
A spokesman with Albuquerque Public Schools said the student used Popsicle-stick boats and different fuels, such as Tiki torch fuel and lighter fluid, to see what burned the fastest and that it had nothing to do with building or glorifying weapons of mass destruction.
“It’s kind of odd that they would do it but like I say, after we’re talking about it, it’s probably just a bad title for his project,” Williams, a father of a student at Corrales Elementary said.
“I believe in students and children being able to explore different scientific options for a science project, but I think that one was a little bit extreme and that could cause future concern,” said Laskowski, who’s also a parent.
In a statement, APS said that students are “encouraged to come up with catchy titles for their projects and that is what happened in this case.”
According to the project’s procedure, the goal was to see how long the boat would burn before sinking.
“I believe the school is very well-rounded here in Corrales and I think as much as the parents are involved in the school and that’s not a real concern of mine at the time,” Antonette Roybal, a Corrales Elementary grandparent said of the project.
The student wasn’t burning those boats at the school. He did it at home. APS said going forward, administrators at the school will review projects and their titles so that something like this doesn’t happen again.