Students gathered for the Intermediate Space Challenge display their team banners on the Mojave Air and Space Port flight line.
3-2-1 – Launch! Launch! Launch!
Hundreds of fourth-through-sixth grade students from Mojave and California City participated in the seventh annual Intermediate Space Challenge rocket contest recently at the Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, Calif. The challenge introduces science, technology, engineering and math through the hands-on experience of building and launching a rocket.
The rockets launched up to altitudes from 300 feet to 500 feet.
Twenty-one teams from Mojave Elementary and California City’s Hacienda Elementary schools built their own rockets, decided on a team name and slogan, wrote essays, and created elaborate banners. Mojave High School’s engineering academy and robotics department mentored the teams.
The rocket contest was organized by Marie Walker, chief executive officer of Fiberset, Inc., of Mojave. NASA Dryden Flight Research Center's Education Office supplied 10 rockets and 105 gift bags for the winners.
Since 2005, some 800-1,000 students have participated in the annual event, competing in classroom teams against their individual grades for the grand prize – a traveling trophy – that is awarded to the school scoring the highest overall average scores. Mojave Elementary School principal Marv Baker accepted the trophy for his school that was named the winner at the 2011 contest.
NASA photos by Jim Ross
|Mojave Space Challenge organizer Marie Walker of Fiberset, Inc., (at right) did double duty as cheerleader for many of the student teams.
||The NASA education outreach table staffed by employees of the AERO Institute in Palmdale was a popular stopping point for students participating in the rocket challenge.
|Unbridled energy was displayed by the California City champion "We Rock-et" team during the Intermediate Space Challenge at Mojave.
||Mojave Elementary School students erupt in cheers as principal Marv Baker lofts their trophy for winning the Intermediate Space Challenge.