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Costa Mesa

October 17, 2000|Danette Goulet, (949) 574-4221

Students squawked and staggered backward, squinting into the bright sun as rockets streaked into the afternoon sky, leaving trails of sparks and smoke.

The break from your average, run-of-the-mill lunchtime at Costa Mesa High School was part of national Train Your Brain Day on Friday.

"It's just to call attention to the importance of academics and demonstrate that science can be fun," said Diana Carey, principal at Costa Mesa High. "It creates an interest in the sciences."

And teachers proved that if there's a sure way to show youths that learning is cool, teaching them how make rockets is it.

The Math and Engineering Science Assn., or MESA, launched about a dozen rockets made by students.

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