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Engineering Academy: Rocket Science in Motion

students in field with rockets

June 7, 2021

TRUSSVILLE - The Hewitt-Trussville High School (HTHS) Boys Rocketry Team has successfully qualified for the National Finals of the 19th Annual American Rocketry Challenge, taking place on June 12th. The HTHS Girls Team was only a few points away from qualifying. More than 3,500 students across 615 teams from around the U.S. participated in this year’s competition.  The Boys Team outscored more than 500 other teams from across the country to secure an entry in the Final Fly-offs. This year was particularly challenging due to the pandemic.

The American Rocketry Challenge is the aerospace and defense industry’s flagship program designed to encourage students to pursue study and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The competition challenges middle and high school students to design, build and fly a rocket that meets specific altitude and flight duration parameters. This year's rules required teams to design, build and launch a model rocket that carries one raw egg to an altitude of 800 feet, stays airborne for 40-43 seconds, and return the rocket to the ground safely with the egg intact. At the National Finals, each team’s goal will be to launch a rocket 775 feet and land within 39-42 seconds. The second flight goal is 825 feet and land within 41-44 seconds.