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KSAT is soaring into familiar territory

DATE: may 11
TIME: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
LOCATION: Great Meadow, 5089 Old Tavern Road, The Plains, Virginia

Two teams from The Krueger School of Applied Technologies (KSAT) have made it into the national finals again for the Team America Rocketry Challenge. KSAT has entered teams in the finals since 2007. Last year, four teams made it with all of them placing in the top 50 and one of them coming in second in the nation! This year, Savannah, Jasmine, and Sarana are from "Team Immortal" and Marquette, Christian, and Arturo are from the "Ninja Turtles." They will travel May 9 to compete in The Plains, Virginia. Good Luck!

“Hundreds of students from across the country will meet May 11 at Great Meadow in The Plains, Va. to decide the winner of the world’s largest student rocket contest. The Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) has been captivating students nationwide for the past decade, encouraging them to advance their education and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

In a year of record turnout, attracting 725 teams, only the top 100 will proceed to compete in TARC’s final fly-off. The top 100 teams represent 29 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and a diverse cross-section of American youth. Teams include students from urban and rural America, all-girls teams, a record number of 4-H teams and a team comprised entirely of Civil Air Patrol volunteers.

Over the next month, these students will be working tirelessly to perfect their rockets as they set out to compete for the national title, more than $60,000 in scholarships and a chance to participate in NASA’s prestigious Student Launch Initiative. Also, amid education budget cuts, a number of teams advancing to finals will have to take on the challenge of funding their trips to the national fly-offs.

“Qualifying within the top 100 is an incredibly challenging and exciting achievement,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “But equally impressive are the nearly 5,000 students who were inspired to explore science, engineering and technology through their participation in this year’s challenge.”

T-Girls show off rocket.Team Immortal shows the rocket they plan to win the championship with.

The Ninja Turtles show off their new rockets.The "Heroes in a Half-Shell" Ninja Turtles are ready to take their rocket to competition.

For more information, contact tracy thomas at (210) 356-4700.

Posted on April 12, 2013