Sunday, May 11, 2008

Team America Rocketry Challenge Finals Next Weekend

The Team America Rocketry Challenge finals are just a few days away - next Saturday at the Great Meadow Outdoor Events Center in The Plains, Virginia. If you're in the region (which many people interested in space are with a large concentration of NASA, NOAA, defense, and commercial sites nearby), it sounds like a fun (and free) way to spend a day while supporting the students from around the country in the event.

In addition to the rockets in the main competition, a National Association of Rocketry high power rocketry demo is planned, and

Throughout the day there will be interactive displays and simulators from NASA and the Department of Defense, as well as booths featuring representatives from several universities and other educational organizations.

See the linked TARC site for details on the schedule, how to get there, and so on.

Here are a few more articles from around the country on local teams. It sounds like a lot of the teams are looking for sponsors to help them with things like travel costs, so see if there's such a team in your area in the top 100.

High school rocket club to compete in national fly-off - Crossville Chronicle (Tennessee)

GHS rocket team taking knowledge to national competition - (Indiana)

Springfield students soar to new heights - (Ohio)

Trip to NASA gives rocket team a big lift - (Michigan) - This is about a team from last year's TARC that participated in the Student Launch Initiative this year.

Update (May 12): Rocket testing always a blast -