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May 22, 2007 > Newark rocketry team first in nation

Newark rocketry team first in nation

After taking national title, participation in world competition is next

Submitted By Jan Crocker

Re: Newark Memorial Rocketry Club Takes the Nation
Sat, 19 May 2007 10:01 PM

"I just heard from Michelle Mensinger via Charlie Mensinger that the Newark Rocketry team [supported by the Newark Optimist Club] took first place. They led the pack all day and are first in the nation. This victory won $12,000 and the opportunity to participate in the World competition in Paris France next month."


From the Team Rocketry Challenge website: www.aia-aerospace.org/aianews/features/team_america/

Team America Rocketry Challenge 2007 is sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association and the National Association of Rocketry, with co-sponsorship by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Defense Department, the American Association of Physics Teachers, and 38 AIA member companies. The event was originally created as a one-time event to celebrate the 100th anniversary of flight, but AIA decided to hold it again after receiving hundreds of requests from students, teachers and parents. 2007 marks the 5th year of the Team America Rocketry Challenge.

Event challenge for 2007: Design and build a model rocket carrying one hen egg that will fly to exactly 850 feet and stay aloft for exactly 45 seconds and return the egg uncracked.

Educational Objectives: The goal of this contest is to encourage students to study advanced math and sciences and to consider studying aerospace fields in college. The process of designing, building, and flying a moderately-complex flight vehicle teaches many concepts of teamwork, physics and engineering, including aerodynamics, flight mechanics and stability, and electrical circuitry for the ignition system. The process of vehicle optimization for a performance goal teaches engineering design and tradeoffs.

Participation: The 690 teams in the 2007 Challenge are made up of three to fifteen students who are in 7th through 12th grades in any U.S. school or home-school program, supervised by one or more adults who are certified as teachers (including home-school) or who are officially-appointed group leaders in U.S. chapters of national non-profit youth organizations such as Scouts, 4-H, Civil Air Patrol, or Young Astronauts.

National Finals: Student teams must submit qualifying scores by April 9, 2007 in order to be eligible for the National Finals. Based on these scores, the Top 100 teams are invited to compete in the National Finals Fly-off held May 19, 2007 at Great Meadow Outdoor Center in The Plains, Virginia. Winning teams share in a prize pool of $60,000 in scholarships and cash, and every team member receives a participation medal.

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