Odle Middle School students from Bellevue , Wash., prepping a rocket for launch. (Twitter Photo via @OdleRocketry)
Six Seattle-area teams are among the 101 finalists who will compete in this weekend’s Team America Rocketry Challenge, the aerospace and defense industry’s flagship program designed to encourage students to study and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.
Sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association, middle and high-school-aged kids will compete in the national finals in Northern Virginia on Saturday for a chance at $100,000 in prizes and the right to represent the U.S. at the International Rocketry Challenge next month in Paris.
The teams from Eastside schools are:
Bellevue High School (two teams); advised by Daniel Dorsey.
Newport High School in Bellevue; advised by Jolyon Johnson.
Odle Middle School in Bellevue (two teams); advised by Brendan Williams.
International Community School in Kirkland; advised by Alexey Piterkin.
The teams represent six of the 830 teams that entered the competition from 46 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, this year’s competition requires a team to launch a rocket carrying three raw eggs that must reach an altitude ...