Two teams from Harmony Science Academy in El Paso are two of the 101 national finalists in the Team America Rocketry Challenge, sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association.
The teams are being advised by Ersin Tangil. Both teams are competing in the competition for the first time. They are two of the 830 teams that entered the competition from 46 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The competition, which is this year honoring the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, requires a team to launch a rocket carrying three raw eggs that must reach an altitude of at least 856 feet before separating and returning the uncracked eggs to earth – all within 43 and 46 seconds and with strict height and weight requirements.
The students will compete against other teams at the National Finals, taking place in Northern Virginia on May 18th. In addition to competing for a total of $100,000 in prizes, the winner of the National Finals will advance to the International Rocketry Challenge, taking place in Paris, France in June.
The top 20 finishers will earn a spot in next year’s NASA Student Launch competition.
AIA President and CEO Eric Fanning congratulated the finalists, “Qualifying for the National Finals is a testament to the teamwork, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills that represent the very best of aerospace and defense. Each year, this contest inspires thousands of young women and men to consider careers in STEM fields. It presents a unique opportunity to motivate the next generation of leaders who will change the way we move, connect, and explore our world.”
Now in its 17th year, the Rocketry Challenge has inspired more than 70,000 middle and high school students to explore education and careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields.