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Cheyenne Mountain Team America Rocketry Challenge

Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR) sponsor the 8th annual Team America Rocketry Challenge. 2010's Challenge is for 7th to 12th graders to design, build, and fly a rocket carrying one egg for 40-45 seconds and reaching an altitude of 850 feet. A challenging technical aspect this year is that the egg and altimeter must be recovered by streamer. Qualification Scores will be submitted by early April, and Cheyenne Mountain hopes to compete for a share of $60,000 at the 2010 National Finals in The Plains, Virginia, in May, 2010. We are competing against 666 teams across the United States.

Our Team
The Cheyenne Mountain team was formed in late 2006 and is on the national TARC registry, has had many meetings and build sessions, has built and launched virtual rockets in software, and has launched test rockets to gain build experience. The team includes students from D12 (Cheyenne Mountian) schools and other districts and currently numbers 4.

Our proposal…
is to continue building multi-year TARC teams. 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 2009 they spoke 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 was a significant boost in local and national news coverage and public relations for the school district and students. Last year at finals there were broadcasts on national networks, national webcasts of the finals 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 may get exposure on three national networks and our sponsors’ logos will be prominently displayed on our rocket proportional to their amount of support. We have opened bank accounts that are 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)  
C.R.A.S.H.(Colorado Rocketry Association of Space Hobbyists)