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ksat qualifies for national rocket contest finals

Four teams from the Krueger School of Applied Technologies(KSAT) will compete in the national finals of the world’s largest rocket contest after qualifying among the top 100 teams in April, beating out the scores of 678 other participating student teams from across the country.

The team will now travel to compete in the final fly-off of the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) on Saturday, May 12, outside of Washington, DC.

"TARC has been an amazing experience," said Team 1 leader Maya."I have learned so much, not only about rocketry, but also about myself."

The contest challenges middle and high school students across the country to design and build a rocket that will climb to 800 feet and stay aloft for between 43 and 47 seconds using a parachute for a recovery device. Teams must also transport a payload of two raw eggs in their rocket and return them unbroken. Students compete for $60,000 in prizes and scholarships, as well as a chance to compete nationally at the finals held at Great Meadow in The Plains, Va. (near Washington, D.C.). The winning team also earns the chance to attend the International Air Show in Paris, France.

"We encountered obstacles along the way but in the end our teamwork prevailed," said Team 2 leader Thomas.

Since 2007, KSAT has sent nine teams to the final fly-offs and placed in the top 20 overall twice. About 6,000 students from across the country took part in the contest in this, its tenth year. Since TARC’s first contest in 2003, more than 50,000 students have participated in the challenge. The Aerospace Industries Association sponsors the contest with the National Association of Rocketry, NASA, the U.S. Department of Defense, the American Association of Physics Teachers and AIA member companies.

"TARC is a great way for students to get real aerospace engineering experience, and it’s also a lot of fun," said Marion Blakey, president and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association. "We are delighted that the Krueger School of Applied Technologies has joined this important effort.”

TARC is aimed at attracting students to science, math and technology education and, ultimately, careers in the aerospace industry. With nearly 60 percent of the aerospace workforce over the age of 50, AIA and other industry leaders hope to spark the interest of future aerospace engineers with programs like TARC. For more information about the Team America Rocketry Challenge, visit



Posted on April 18, 2012