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Cheyenne Mountain Team America Rocketry Challenge

Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR) sponsor the 10th annual Team America Rocketry Challenge. 2012's Challenge is for 7th to 12th graders to design, build, and fly a rocket carrying an egg for 43-47 seconds and reaching an altitude of 800 feet. Qualification Scores will be submitted by April 2, and Cheyenne Mountain hopes to compete for a share of $60,000 at the 2012 National Finals in The Plains, Virginia, on May 12, 2011. We are competing against approximately 700 teams across the United States.

Our Team
The Vanguard School/Cheyenne Mountain teams were formed in 2006 and are on the national TARC registry, have had many meetings and build sessions, have built and launched virtual rockets in software, and have launched test rockets to gain build experience. The 3 teams currently total 17 students.

Our proposal…
is to continue building a foundation for a multi-year TARC team. The educational benefits include practical experience in aerodynamics, craftsmanship, physics, propellant dynamics, trigonometry, and teamwork. The team members are experiencing enthusiastic support from local experts. At finals they speak to recruiters from most of the nation’s top aerospace companies like Boeing, General Dynamics, L-3 Communications, Lockheed Martin , Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, and Pratt & Whitney. During the flurry of activity leading up to and during the finals, there is a significant boost in local and national news coverage and public relations for the school district and students. At finals there are broadcasts on national networks of the competition, as well as lots of local news coverage.

In order to pay for materials and plan for trips to the finals, the parents of the team members have proposed approaching local businesses and aerospace education organizations for corporate sponsorship to pay for all engines, building supplies and materials, travel and lodging expenses. Sponsors got exposure on national networks and our sponsors’ logos will be prominently displayed on our rocket proportional to their amount of support. We have opened a bank account that’s accessible to the team accountant. The team will submit a full report of financial activities to sponsors at the end of this year’s efforts. If the team doesn’t make it to the finals in a given year, we’ll have a substantial monetary foundation for next year’s effort.

    NAR (National Association of Rocketry)      
AIA (Aerospace Industries Association)
COSROCS (Colorado Springs Rocket Society)