students assembling a rocketFive rocketry teams from the Bellevue School District have qualified for the national finals of the Team America Rocketry Challenge. Two teams from Odle Middle School, two from Bellevue High School, and one from Newport High School will participate in the finals this Saturday, May 18 in Washington, D.C.

The Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is the world’s largest student rocketry contest. Its goal is to build a stronger U.S. workforce in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association and the National Association of Rocketry, the Team America Rocketry Challenge was created in the fall of 2002 as a one-time celebration of the centennial of flight, but by popular demand became an annual program. Nearly 5,000 students from across the nation compete each year.

This year’s theme celebrates the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, which challenges students to design, build and fly a rocket carrying three raw eggs in a capsule to an altitude of 856 feet and return to the ground with the eggs intact within 43-46 seconds.

The winner receives an all-expenses paid trip to the Paris Air Show in 2019, along with the chance to represent the United States at the International Rocketry Challenge against teams from France, Japan and the United Kingdom.

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