Saturday, March 22nd is a big day for Science Club for Girls (SCFG) and their Rocket Team and we hope you can be there to show your support and encouragement. It’s the day seven girls in middle and high school and their two rocket teams – Team Aspire and Team SEARAstro – compete in a national STEM competition called Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC).
After months of design, fabrication and testing, teams Aspire and SEARAstro will make their third launch in an attempt to qualify for the national TARC competition to be held in Virginia, in May. In order to make the cut, the teams’ rockets must satisfy the qualifying parameters of reaching an altitude of 825 feet within a flight-window of 48 and 50 seconds. And here’s the kicker, the rocket ‘astronauts’ must be fully intact at landing – the ‘astronauts’ being two raw eggs. Luckily, each rocket also includes two parachutes. The top 100 teams with the best score will head to Virginia for the national competition.
Last year, the SCFG Rocket Team qualified as one of three teams from New England, and one of five all-female teams nationally, to qualify for the nationals. They went on to finish in the top 100 teams. Truly, an incredible accomplishment. This year, they are working towards a repeat invite to nationals, and beyond – a ticket to the International Rocketry Challenge at the Farnborough and Paris air shows.
So please give your support to these young areospace engineers by showing up for their launch. Bring your kids, your friends and your friends’ kids. Live tweeting and challenging questions encouraged and welcomed.
Here’s what you need to know:
What: SCFG Rocket Team Qualifying TARC Launch
When: Saturday, March 22nd; 11:00 to 12:30
Where: Wetherbee Road Field, Acton, MA (For GPS directions, use 49 Wetherbee Street, Acton, MA. You’ll find the field right next to Route 2, at the beginning of the road.)
SCFG Contacts: Gina Varamo (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Maura Hackett (email@example.com)
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Science Club for Girls Rocket Launch