If your in 8th grade KSAT (Krueger School of Applied Technology) you probably know about Team America, but if you don’t, you’re in the right place!
The 2012 Team America Rocketry Challenge offers new difficulty to the new eight grade students. Here are some of the highlights for the 2012 contest: Target altitude of 800 feet, Duration of flight should be between 43-47 seconds,The payload is two raw eggs (which the students try to use packing items to prevent the two raw eggs from cracking), Gross liftoff weight of no more than 650 grams, Rocket motor total impulse limit of 80 N-sec.
Students are instructed to get in 1 group of three people and to construct a rocket with the program Rocksim (A.K.A-Rocket Simulator)To test the rocket that they build on the program, then when the students are satisfied with the design they print the blue prints and start building there rocket according to the original designs they made.
The Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) winner share a prize package of $60,000 in scholarships and prizes with other top finishers, well as an invitation from NASA to participate in its Student Launch Initiative, an advanced rocketry program.Also they win free tickets to Paris for The Paris Airshow, and even get to meet the president, and also entered in the White house science fair.