The Shady Side Academy Middle School and Senior School Rocketry Teams held a test rocket launch in Grove City, Pa., on Sunday, Sept. 15.
The students are competing in the 2019 American Rocketry Challenge, which challenges student teams to design and build a rocket to carry one egg to an altitude of 800 feet and safely return the egg to the ground in 45 seconds.
Both teams had successful launches and will use the data collected to make modifications and engine adjustments to their rocket prior to the next launch on Oct. 20.
SSA must wait until April 10, 2020, to see if any of their launches place among the top 100 in the country to qualify for the American Rocketry Challenge National Finals Fly Off, which will be held in Washington, D.C. in May. The SSA Middle School team qualified for nationals in 2017.
The American Rocketry Challenge is the world's largest rocket contest and the aerospace industry's flagship program designed to encourage students to study science, technology, engineering and math. Sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association, the National Association of Rocketry and more than 20 aerospace industry partners, the American Rocketry Challenge provides middle and high school students the opportunity to design, build and launch model rockets in a competition among approximately 5,000 students nationwide each year.
Good luck to both rocketry teams!