Redskin Rocketeers Win First Place!

The Hurricane Redskin Rocketeers placed 1st in the WV Rocketry Association's Competition!
Posted on 06/03/2015
redskins1The Hurricane Redskin Rocketeers placed 1st in the WV Rocketry Association's competition on Saturday, May 30, 2015. This year's contest challenged students to design, build, and fly a rocket carrying one raw egg to an altitude of 500 feet. The rocket had to return to the ground with the egg uncracked within 30 seconds. During the competition, the HHS rocket went to an altitude of 493 feet and landed in 26.5 seconds with the egg uncracked. Since the HHS rocket was the rocket that most closely met the design challenge criteria, they won the competition. The students on the team were: Hunter Alford, Josh Boehm, Tyler Degnan-Schoen, Mark Hayes, and Kris Knight. Visit http://wvrocketry.org/ for more information and photos.

Before competing in the WV Rocketry Association’s competition, the Hurricane Redskin Rocketeers meet with the engineering departments of Fairmont State University and West Virginia University. The students were able to tour the science facilities and meet with the faculty of both universities. The students learned about aerospace career opportunities in West Virginia in addition to in-state educational programs available to them. The highlight of the tours was meeting Tim Fritz, the president of the West Virginia University Experimental Rocketry Club. Tim Fritz showed the HHS students the WVU competitive and experimental high powered rockets, and he attended the competition to show his support.

The Hurricane Redskin Rocketeers is an afterschool club for students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math. At the meetings each week, students are taught the basics of physics and rocketry, and students use that knowledge to design, build, and launch their own rockets. Besides competing in the WV Rocketry Association competition, the club also competes in the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). The team almost qualified for the national finals of TARC this year where it would have competed in Washington, D.C. for $20,000 in prize money. The club will start the next season of TARC at the start of the 2015/2016 school year. Listen for announcements at the beginning of next school year if you are interested in joining. Go to rocketcontest.org for more information about TARC.

- Mr. Adam Osborne
Club Sponsor

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