High school teams from Bellevue, Wash., take top two spots in finals of American Rocketry Challenge – GeekWire

The rocketry groups from Bellevue’s Newport Excessive Faculty, from left: Zijun He (Workforce 1), Evelyn Radabaugh (Workforce 1), Ethan Tampa (Workforce 1), Justin Kim (Workforce 1), Rosie Liu (Workforce 2), Minghan Solar (Workforce 2), Jason McCabe (Workforce 1), Arthur Gwozdz (Workforce 2), Vanu Rao (Workforce 2), Kavin Manivasagam (Workforce 2), Shreyas Subramanian (Workforce 2), Ethan Luo (Workforce 2), Brandon Luo (Workforce 2), Tyler Yan (Team1), Rita Liu (Workforce 2). (Fredrick McCabe Photograph)

Two groups from one highschool in Bellevue, Wash., are flying excessive after a rocket-launching competitors on the opposite facet of the nation final weekend.

Newport Excessive Faculty (Workforce 2) gained the nationwide championship on the 2022 American Rocketry Problem, the most important scholar rocketry competitors on this planet.

The workforce of 10 college students bested 99 different groups competing within the nationwide finals in The Plains, Va. They gained the suitable to signify america on the Worldwide Rocketry Problem on the Farnborough Airshow outdoors London in July. The workforce additionally took house a $20,000 grand prize.

Newport Rocketry’s Workforce 1 additionally made a robust exhibiting, ending in second place and successful $10,000. The 2 groups have been amongst 724 groups from 41 states that competed on this yr’s problem.

“We’re excited to convey any such focus to Bellevue and what our college students can accomplish,” Jeremy Brown, a trainer advisor to the rocketry groups, informed GeekWire. “This journey has been an exquisite studying expertise for the scholars and displays their dedication and love of science, and it’s been our privilege to assist these college students obtain their desires.” 

Workforce 2 members embrace: Samuel Chen, Arthur Gwozdz, Rita Liu, Rose Liu, Brandon Luo, Ethan Luo, Kavin Manivasagam, Vanu Rao, Shreyas Subramanian, and Minghan Solar.

Workforce 1 members embrace: Zijun He, Evelyn Radabaugh, Ethan Tampa, Justin Kim, Jason McCabe and Tyler Yan.

Newport Excessive Faculty has been competing within the American Rocketry Problem since 2014. The varsity’s groups meet as a membership after college each week for 4 hours and on weekends for one more 4 to construct, take a look at and launch their rockets.

Newport Excessive’s Workforce 2 members and their rocket in Virginia. (Shreyas Subramanian Photograph)

The American Rocketry Problem, in its twentieth yr, is the aerospace and protection trade’s flagship program to encourage college students to pursue training and careers in science, know-how, engineering, and math (STEM). It offers college students the possibility to design, construct and launch mannequin rockets, and the competition attracts lots of of groups and 1000’s of scholars yearly.

To qualify for the finals, groups have been required to construct and launch a rocket that safely carries a payload of two uncooked eggs with a goal flight period of 41-44 seconds and altitude of 835 ft. On the finals, competing groups needed to launch the rockets to 810 ft with a flight period of 40-43 seconds within the first spherical of competitors. The highest 42 groups carried out a second launch that was required to achieve 860 ft with a flight period of 42-45 seconds.

Brown mentioned Workforce 2 utilized a modular design that allowed them to swap out broken elements and make fast engineering updates to enhance their rocket. Observe flights — greater than 40 launches over eight months — allowed the scholars to raised engineer consistency into their rocket and launch and enabled the workforce to attain extraordinarily constant outcomes on the finals, in line with Brown.

“On the finals, we encountered just a little little bit of rain in the course of the second launch,” Brown mentioned. “Residing in Bellevue/PNW, the workforce was conversant in launching in a moist local weather, and knew to protect their motor and fuse from the climate previous to launch. We noticed a number of DQs (disqualified) because of moist motor/fuses in the course of the second launch.” 

The nationwide finals featured groups representing 27 states, competing for a complete of $100,000 in prize cash and scholarships. That prize pool was cut up among the many prime 10 groups, which included a workforce from Camas Excessive Faculty in Camas, Wash., in seventh place.

Different Seattle space and Washington state groups participating included: Bellevue Senior Excessive Faculty (Workforce 2) completed fiftieth; Interlake Excessive Faculty (Workforce 2) of Bellevue completed 62nd; Cascade Center Faculty of Auburn, Wash., completed sixty fourth; Interlake Excessive Faculty (Workforce 2) of Bellevue completed 71st; Annie Wright Faculties of Tacoma, Wash., completed 72nd; Bellevue Senior Excessive Faculty (Workforce 1) completed 76th; and Jane Addams Center Faculty of Seattle was 91st.

The highest 25 finishers obtain an invite to take part in NASA’s Pupil Launch initiative to proceed their exploration of rocketry with high-powered rockets and difficult mission parameters.

“We’re tremendous happy with the rising variety of Washington state groups that made it to the highest 100, and of all the scholars that selected to spend their weekends studying to be ‘rocket scientists,’” Brown mentioned. “The camaraderie and vitality at nationals was superb irrespective of the outcomes. Ultimately, as long as the scholars maintain pursuing their desires, we’re all winners.”

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