Tuesday, April 2, 2013

METSA TARC Team’s Rocket Launch Qualifies for National Competition

C-FB ISD students in the Math Engineering Technology Science Academy (METSA) competed in Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). TARC is an annual aerospace STEM competition. The extra-curricular, hands-on project-based learning program is modeled around the aerospace industry’s design, fabrication and testing processes. This year’s competition required participating teams to launch an egg, laying horizontally, in a rocket weighing under 650 grams to exactly 750 feet. The egg then had to return safely to earth between 48 and 50 seconds. Each foot off altitude and each second off return time resulted in a point being added to the final team score, with the lowest score winning. The METSA team qualified with a launch of 764 feet with the egg landing in 48 seconds with a score of 14. The qualification cutoff for the national competition is 16.12. The following students earned a trip to the national level of the TARC competition where they will compete with 100 other teams from around the nation for a chance at a $60,000 scholarship:
Dustin Call
Mark Cordova
Jawaad Gadhia
Tripp Illingworth

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