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The following is a report submitted by SMCS Technology Teacher and Rocket Club Sponsor, Mr. Tlusty.

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Our rocket team, The Stellar Stars, participated in the The American Rocketry Challenge which is the world’s largest rocket contest with nearly 5,000 students nationwide competing each year. This year’s challenge was to design and build a rocket that would carry two raw eggs to an altitude of 835 feet and return the eggs safely back to earth undamaged. The flight duration has to be between 41 and 44 seconds. 

Our best qualification flight went 846 feet high and flight duration was 34 seconds.  Pretty good, but it will not get us into the finals. The past several weeks we were testing along side two teams from Powhatan High School and launched qualification flights with Collegiate School’s High School rocket team this past Saturday.

Powhatan HS had one rocket qualify a bit better than ours (difference of 9 points). Our student’s rockets out shined the rest! All of our test and qualification flights took place at Tucker Park in Goochland. We thank them for allowing us the use of the park. Thanks also to our parents for their time and support.

Stellar Stars Team members include Alexa B., Sophia D., Stella G., Bailey L., Liam M., Lourdes O. and Bella S.

Can you pick out the Saint Mary’s alum who is on the Collegiate team below?

Collegiate School and our rocket team together on Qualifying Day at Tucker Park.