Two teams from Creekview High School brought home fourth and fifth place at the Team America Rocketry Challenge, which took place on Saturday in The Plains, Va.
Team 1 won $10,000 for fourth place, and Team 2 won $7,500 for fifth place. For their success, both teams received invitations to participate in NASA’s Student Launch program.
This year’s success is a continuation of last year, when Creekview won both the national competition and the International Rocketry Challenge last summer. The school’s aeronautics program, coached by Tim Smyrl, also boasts a national championship from 2014.
The teams competed against 100 other middle and high-school aged teams from across the country. The Team America Rocketry Challenge, which this year honored the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, required a team to launch a rocket carrying three raw eggs that must reach an altitude of 856 feet before separating and returning the uncracked eggs to earth – all within 43 and 46 seconds and with strict height and weight requirements. For round two at Saturday’s finals, the height requirement was lowered, forcing teams to adjust their measurements and launch calculations.