Rocket Club Team Qualifies to Compete at TARC Nationals for the Fifth Time!
Old Brookville, NY - April 6, 2015
For the fifth consecutive year, a Green Vale School Rocket Club team has qualified to compete in the national finals of the Annual Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). Green Vale's club, mentored by science teacher Peter Zaloom, is home to the only Long Island team that will face off against 99 other top qualifying teams from across the United States - in the quest for a national champion title.
The 13th annual TARC finals will take place on May 9th just outside of Washington, DC. TARC is the U.S. aerospace and defense industry's flagship program designed to encourage students to pursue study and career paths in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This year's qualifying challenge was to design, build and fly a raw egg-carrying rocket to reach 800 feet and return it to earth within 46 to 48 seconds -- with the egg (astronaut) uncracked. Students competing at Nationals must be able to fly their rockets to two seperate altitudes on their first and second flights - check out the full rules here.
TARC gives students opportunities to apply their math and science skills to a real world project outside of the classroom. For many students, this experience yields their first significant personal realization of how classroom lessons are relevant to endeavors that are fun, challenging and represent future career opportunities.
More than $60,000 in prizes and scholarships are at stake on May 9th and the first place team will represent the United States at the International Rocketry Challenge held at the Paris International Air Show in June. In years past, Green Vale's club has been one of very few "middle school" teams competing at Nationals and has finished within the top twenty almost every year.
Congratulations and good luck to Frick, George and Justin! Mr. Zaloom is extremely proud of the entire club, not just this one team. He wrote, "I want to congratulate every member of Green Vale's Rocket Club for their enthusiasm and hard work throughout the year - you inspired and helped each other along the way. We can all be proud of our club and our school. I want to especially thank Dr. Meyer and Walter Gahagan '78 for their enthusiastic support of Green Vale's Rocket Club as our guides and mentors."
"I am so proud of everyone's efforts. Congratulations to all club members who so diligently participated. So much learning took place over the course of the year. Go Green Vale!" -- Stephen Watters, Headmaster
Frick, George and Justin display some current Rocket Club designs with Mr. Zaloom.