Apr 15, 2010 6:01 PM

Rocket team heads to nationals

The Galileo School of Math and Science in Colorado Springs has been notified that their student rocketry team is one of the nation's top 100 and has qualified to compete in the national, Team America Rocketry Challenge. Galileo's team is the only one in the state of Colorado to qualify.

The eighth annual rocketry competition, which is the world's largest rocket contest, will take place Saturday, May 15, at Great Meadow in The Plains, Va. Qualifying teams of middle- and high-school students have the chance to earn $60,000 in scholarships and prizes. The champion will also win the opportunity to compete internationally at an air show near London in July.

Rocket teams are challenged to design, build, and launch a model rocket with a raw-egg payload to an altitude of 825 feet and achieve 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 and attract more young people into aerospace careers.

Galileo is a District 11 school.



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