April 21, 2013

Massachusetts boys aim high in national rocket competition

By RICK FOSTER The Sun Chronicle (Mass.)

ATTLEBORO, Mass. - A team of rocket boys from Attleboro hopes to reach new heights next month when they compete for the first time in the national Team America Rocketry Challenge.

A team composed of middle and high school students will be competing against 100 elite units from across the country.

The team -- which is made up of students from St. John's Evangelical School, The Wheeler School in Providence, and Attleboro High School -- head to the finals which take place May 11 in The Plains, Va., just outside Washington.

"It's exciting seeing something you made and tested on your own go out and succeed or fail in competition," said St. John's student and team leader Brian Hohlfeld, 13.

The team, known as the Wavelet Tech Launchers, is sponsored by Hohlfeld's parents' company, Wavelet Technologies. Rockets are designed and built by the students from balsa wood and cardboard.

At the Amesbury, Mass., regional competition, competitors were required to rocket a raw hen's egg to a height of 750 feet and return it to earth without breaking within a tight time window. A total of 725 teams took part this year nationwide, representing schools, 4-H chapters and Civil Air Patrol units.


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