June 8, 2023

The Onteora Excessive Faculty’s Rocket Membership. (Pictures by Dion Ogust)

For the reason that begin of the college yr, Onteora Excessive Faculty’s Rocket Membership has been working in the direction of competing within the nationals of their difficult exercise. The college’s crew of eight STEM-focused college students has risen to the highest in each regional and state competitions.

The group can be bused down the morning of Might 18 to Washington, DC, the place they’ll have a congressional breakfast after which a tour at a Boeing facility. On Friday night time, all groups can be briefed on what’s to return on Saturday, competitors day. It will embody a reiteration of the strict guidelines created by the sponsors — NASA and corporations within the aerospace trade. 

The rockets should be inside a selected vary of peak and weight, and should full every flight with out breaking the egg that they carry within the rocket’s payload. A second engine in every rocket separates the 2 elements of the rocket in midair. The rocket should come down in two separate items, every with its parachute. 

The half with the egg payload should come down inside a good time vary of 41 to 44 seconds. 

The competitors can be structured into two rounds. Within the first, the rocket should go 850 toes within the air. Within the second spherical, which incorporates solely the highest 48 opponents, the highest peak reached should be 25 toes larger or decrease than the primary spherical’s, decided by a coin flip on the briefing Friday night time. It will pressure the opponents to change the load of the rocket in actual time, demonstrating their rocket’s accuracy. 

The competitors can be held at Nice Meadow in The Plains in Virginia, a far cry from Onteora’s typical launch web site, the reclaimed landfill on the freeway facility in Woodstock. 

The college Rocket Membership’s presence among the many group of 101 high groups within the nation is some extent of satisfaction for the highschool. Want them luck on their journey to carry dwelling the championship title!

Onteora Excessive Faculty’s Rocket Membership launches a rocket.

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