Jun 13 2002

SEN. SHELBY ENCOURAGES ALABAMA’S HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN LEARNING CHALLENGE

In celebration of the centennial of powered flight in 2003, Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) today encouraged Alabama youth to participate in the “Team America Rocketry Challenge”, a rocket design and launch contest open to high school students across the nation. Sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association and the National Association of Rocketry, the challenge is a rocket design and launch contest that involves designing, building and flying a multi-stage model rocket weighing less than 3.3 pounds at liftoff and taking two raw eggs and an electronic altimeter as close as possible to 1500 feet.

A fly-off competition for the top 100 teams will be held in Northern Virginia in April 2003. Five winning student teams will share a total prize pool of approximately $50,000 in savings bonds and their supervising teacher’s departments will share $9,000 in cash.

Sen. Shelby said, “I hope that the many bright and motivated high school students from across Alabama will participate in the Team America Rocketry Challenge. By using scientific principles and creativity, students will have the opportunity to learn and compete against students from across the nation. It is a great way to capture the inventive spirit which the Wright Brothers embodied 100 years ago.”

Information about the Challenge is posted on the AIA website at www.aia-aerospace.org or www.rocketcontest.org.