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May 12, 2012

Madison West team wins championship at Team America Rocketry Challenge

Dee Hall:

A team from Madison West High School blew away its rivals Saturday, winning first place -- and a free trip to London -- in the Team America Rocketry Challenge.

The four-member team beat 99 others in the finals at the national competition held in The Plains, Va. The winning team gets an expenses-paid trip to London courtesy of Raytheon Company to compete in the July 15 Farnborough International Air Show.

Contestants must design, build and launch a rocket that reaches exactly 800 feet during a 43- to 47-second flight. The payload, two raw eggs, must parachute to the ground undamaged.

The West team earned a score of 12; a perfect score is zero. The next lowest score was 22. Two other West teams competed Saturday, with one placing 16th and the other 75th.

Posted by Jim Zellmer at May 12, 2012 9:00 PM
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