The top 100 student rocketry teams nationwide have been announced and three of those teams are from St. Vincent St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio.
What is Rocket Team?
The STVM Rocket Team is a group of students who use engineering, math, science, and problem solving skills to construct, maintain, and launch rockets with the hope of reaching the National America Rocket Challenge Top 100 competition. At this competition, the 100 schools qualifying will compete for over $70,000 in prizes.
Teams Alpha, Delta & Echo were named national finalists and will compete for top honors on May 14, 2011 outside of Washington, DC in Manassas, VA. Only 5 teams from all of Ohio qualified and 3 of them are from STVM.
The finalists include teams from 33 states who qualified after months of preparation from a field of over 600 squads and thousands of students. The TARC (Team America Rocketry Challenge) is the world's largest rocket contest. In addition to the students competing for scholarships and prizes, the champion will also win the opportunity to compete internationally at the Paris Le Bourget Air Show in June.
Teams are challenged to design, build and launch a model rocket with a raw-egg payload to an altitude of 750 feet and achieve a flight duration between 40 and 45 seconds. The rocket must return the egg safely and unbroken without using a parachute!
The goal of the contest is to bolster student interest in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fields and attract more young people into aerospace careers.
Tony Morganti, CRS, ABR