The Newport High School rocketry student team recently took second place in the International Rocketry Challenge, held at the Farnborough International Airshow outside of London. The girls, representing the United States, finished behind Team Japan, whose victory marked the first time an all-girls team had won the grand prize. Teams from France and Great Britain took third and fourth place. Newport High School got the chance to represent the United States in international competition after taking first place in the national finals of the American Rocketry Challenge in May.
The annual competition challenges middle and high school students to design, build and launch model rockets with the goal of inspiring students to pursue careers in aerospace and STEM fields. In the International Rocketry Challenge, teams must launch two raw chicken eggs at 800 feet (250 m) and return them safely to earth within 41 to 44 seconds. In addition to rocket launches, students must give a presentation on their rocket design and lessons learned to a panel of industry experts. Rocket flights are worth 60% of a team’s total score, and presentation accounts for the rest.
As stated by Greg Hayes, Chairman and CEO of Raytheon Technologies, which has sponsored Team USA at the International Rocketry Challenge for the past 15 years, “These students, with their incredible ability to innovate together, are exactly what we need in our future leaders as we strive to create a safer, more connected world.”
The Newport High School team includes Arthur Gwozdz, Samuel Chen, Rita Liu, Rose Liu, Brandon Luo, Ethan Luo, Kavin Manivasagam, Vanu Rao, Shreyas Subramanian and Minghan Sun.