Last Updated: 05/14/2012*

Rocketeers from Madison West High School from Madison, Wis. won the 10th annual Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) finals Saturday afternoon, May 12, rocketing past 99 teams from across the United States.

Team members include Suzanne Hanle, Meng Lou, Hanwook Chung and Tashi Atruktsant, and the team is coached by Chris Hager.

The finals were the culmination of a competition that began in September as students from 700 teams, 48 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands competed to hand-design, build and launch a rocket that lifted off to exactly 800 feet during a 43- to 47-second flight. The payload —  two raw eggs —  had to return to the ground by parachute undamaged.

As part of Raytheon’s ongoing commitment to inspire student interest in science and math education, the company will once again host the 2012 winning TARC team for an international “fly-off” at the Farnborough International Airshow in July. Student rocket teams will compete from the U.K., France and the U.S. This is the seventh year Raytheon has supported the U.S. team’s trip to an international show.

Sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), the National Association of Rocketry and more than 30 industry partners, with participation by NASA, the Defense Department and the American Association of Physics Teachers, TARC is designed to boost the industry workforce by sparking interest in science, math and engineering education among middle and high school students.


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