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What is the rocket team? 

Students in the Wildcat Rocket Club build and launch high-powered model rockets. This year, for the first time, students are competing in NASA Student Rocket Launch competition.wildcat rocket team poses with rocketsWhat are you supporting?

This year, students were one of 60 teams selected to compete in the NASA Student Launch Competition, which simulates the challenges of sending a rocket to another planet and landing on the surface. Undergraduate students must work in teams to design and build a rocket that will fly to a specified altitude between 4,000 and 6,000 feet, land inside a circle with a radius of 2,500 feet, and communicate its landing position to the launch base (autonomously without GPS!). The team has worked hard throughout the year not only to build and test the rocket and payload, but they have also completed an intense engineering design review process that required them to write and present design reports to a panel of NASA engineers.  The team is also giving back to the community with outreach to K-12 students in Central Washington. The final event in the competition is a launch and conference in April at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Hunstville, AL.

Team Needs

The team needs funding for the materials for the rocket, travel to get to the final launch event, and supplies for K-12 outreach events. The estimated cost is $12,488.75, and the team is requesting $10,000 in donor support.

members of rocket team pose in classroom

Impact

Your donation allows CWU STEM clubs to participate in NASA’s project-based engineering and science competitions. Unique opportunities provide critical learning and experience outside the classroom and can be life-changing for CWU undergraduates!

Members of cwu rocket team post outside

 

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