01 Jul Cope Middle School Rocketry Program Sponsorship
Did you know that 2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing?
ERSC does and is proud to sponsor the Cope Middle School Rocketry Program as they build, test and attempt to qualify for the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing (7/21/1969), TARC has customized this years’ contest to include facts about the Apollo 11.
The Cope Middle School future engineers used the RockSim program to design and simulate four rockets, keeping in mind their ultimate goal of returning 3 raw eggs (in honor of the Apollo 11 crew Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins) to the earth unscathed. The additional requirements of the challenge state the rocket must reach an altitude of 856 feet (the time Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon) and return to the ground with the eggs intact within 43-46 seconds.
Nearly 5,000 students from across the nation complete each year and ERSC is proud to be apart of this experience with the students at Cope Middle School.
Our future engineers at Cope Middle School did not make it to Washington D.C. but they succeeded on many levels with these rockets. They started approximately 5 months behind schedule and were still able to build multiple rockets and qualify for the TARC program. Unfortunately, their scores were not enough to make it to Washington this year. ERSC is truly honored to be a part of this program and Matt Brudin, President of ERSC, announced to the students that he will sponsor the program next year at Cope Middle School and possibly the high school program (if it launches next year).