100 teams advance to rocket contest finals

The Team America Rocketry Challenge has released the names of the top 100 teams that will advance to the national finals next month, the company said.

These teams will compete at the National Finals Fly Off on May 12th at Great Meadow in The Plains, VA, outside of Washington, D.C.

The Team America Rocketry Challenge is the aerospace and defense industry´s flagship program designed to encourage students to pursue study and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

The competition challenges middle and high school students to design, build, and fly a rocket that meets rigorous altitude and flight duration parameters through a series of certified, qualifying launches.

This year´s rules require a rocket carrying two raw eggs to reach 800 feet before returning the eggs to Earth–uncracked–all within 41 to 43 seconds.

Sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), the National Association of Rocketry, and more than 20 industry partners, the Rocketry Challenge is the world´s largest rocket contest. This year, 800 teams representing 46 states and the District of Columbia designed and built model rockets in hopes of qualifying for the National Finals.

The 100 national finalists has announced hail from 28 states and the District of Columbia, and will compete for more than USD 100,000 in prizes and scholarships.

For more information about the Team America Rocketry Challenge, and to view the complete list of finalist teams is available here for download: www.rocketcontest.org