Covenant Christian High School is excited to announce that their 2023 Rocketry Team has been selected as a National Finalist in this year’s The American Rocketry Challenge! This is the world’s largest competition and Covenant’s team was the only team from Indiana to be selected.
As a finalist, Covenant Rocketry has been invited to the American Rocketry Challenge Final Fly-Off at Great Meadows in The Plains, Virginia, on Saturday, May 20, 2023. They will compete for more than $100,000 in cash and prizes, the title of National Champion, as well as the honor of representing the United States at the International Rocketry Challenge in Paris, France in June 2023.
For 2023, each team was required to design, build, and launch model rockets that safely carries one large hen egg to an altitude of 850 feet, stays airborne for between 42 and 45 seconds, and returns the rocket to the ground safely. The twist is, the rocket must separate into two parts after apogee—one section of the rocket must contain the egg and altimeter, and the second the rocket motor(s)—and both parts must land with their own parachutes.
Sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association, the National Association of Rocketry, and more than 20 industry partners, 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). Now in its 21st year, the competition has inspired more than 90,000 middle and high school students to explore education and careers in STEM fields. One of those past competitors is astronaut Warren “Woody” Hoburg, who made the National Finals of the American Rocketry Challenge in 2003. In March, Hoburg headed to space as the Pilot of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-6 mission to the International Space Station.
To learn more about Covenant’s Rocketry Team, click here to watch our student produced video.
For more information about Covenant, visit our website at covenantchristian.org