BRAWLEY – The Desert Valley High School Rocketry Club, under advisor George Smith, once again qualified for the 12th annual Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) National Finals.
The purpose of the contest is to encourage students to become involved in science and mathematics by designing and building a rocket and competing against other schools across the country.
Smith’s team built a rocket using computer design software, and then test launched it many times until ready to call in an official observer from the National Association of Rocketry.
At the observation meet, the test score was almost perfect.
The Club had to build a rocket that would ascend 825 feet, no higher or no lower. Each foot off the stated height resulted in a reduced score. The Desert Valley High Rocketry Club had the highest scoring team in California.
The final competition is to be held in the Washington D.C. area on May 10th and 11th. The Rocketry Club and the other 99 top scoring teams now will compete to win one of the top ten great prizes, a pool of over $60,000 in scholarships and prizes is shared by the top 10 placing teams.
To pay for the travel, the Club is busy raising funds by selling apple pies from Julian and accepting donations.
To donate, make checks payable to Desert Valley High School and send them to Brawley Union High School District, 480 North Imperial Avenue, Brawley, California.
To find out more about the contest call George Smith who is also a teacher at VVHS at 760-312-5107, or go to www.rocketcontest.org