We are competing in a competition called Team America Rocketry Challenge where a team of young aspiring scientists and engineers get together and build rockets. These aren't just any average model rockets, these rockets are built to extremely precise specifications regarding the rocket's overall weight, the size of the rocket, the altitude it reaches and the time it takes to go up and come back down. Our team has engineered and tested over 35 rockets (that is a lot) just this season, all different in their own way to make it sheer seconds closer to the specifications.
We have been competing in this competition for 4 years, making it to the big leagues once again after. We had made it to nationals last year and can not wait to return and do even better this year. To get these specifications on spot, we began meeting once a week starting in October of 2018 and began launching every other weekend towards the beginning of November 2017. This process is not easy and includes STEM studies in every way. We began with every member designing a rocket on this program called Rock Sim (a CAD-based rocket design program). This program gave us all of the information that we needed, such as weight, size, and the predicted height and flight time of the rocket. We then used all of these measurements and began making our rockets. We used many different techniques when building them and then began launching.
We narrowed the rockets down one by one, cutting out the ones farthest from the mark. We finally cut down to two rockets and launched them over 40 times narrowing it down to fall seconds faster and get a mere foot closer to the target. This process used critical thinking as well as problem solving and required every team member to pull it off.
We ended up with an overall score of 27, the cutoff for qualifying launches was 35 points. The moment we got the news, there were squeals of joys, high fives, hugs, and maybe even a few tears. This is such a big part of all our lives and it would mean the world to us if you all helped fund the future, our future, your future.
- Sage Davis, Junior, Captain of Team CloudBusters.
Please check out the Team America Rocketry Challenge website for more information about this increduble contest.
- Julie J. Ott
- Teri Roberts
- Mike Reynolds
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