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Minster Rocket Club Readies for National Launch Competition

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Minster rocket club prepares for two national competitions! One year ago the Minster Rocket Club placed 12 th in the country at the 2012 team America rocketry challenge (tarc) , the world's largest rocket contest held outside of Washington, DC . This one event launched a whirlwind of rocket engineering that would last an entire year .

Today the Minster Rocket club is making last minute preparations for its April 17th trip to Huntsville, Alabama to launch a 10 foot rocket appropriately named "I Need My Space" for the NASA Student Launch Initiative (SLI) . NASA SLI challenges high school and college students to design, build and launch a reusable rocket to one mile above ground level while carrying a scientific or engineering payload.

Helping teams through this journey are NASA engineers. Students use web conferencing to resolve design issues and troubleshoot various systems of the rocket. Now the team eagerly waits , counting the days until they arrive in Huntsville to have the experience of a life me !

Minster Rocket Club is one of twenty high schools in the country that received an invitation to participate in the 2013 NASA SLI competition. SLI team members include: Bella Shurelds, Austin Dwenger, Brooke Monnin, Dane Dahlinghaus, Hannah Kuether , Jessica Berelsman, Kyle Heitkamp, Pierce Mcgowan, Reid Frick, Trent Carlon, Sam Bornhorst, Carlin Elder, Danielle Monnin, and Nathan Rethman.

To view the Saturday, April 20th SLI Launch live - NASA will provide coverage of the event on the social web service UStream, complete with embedded twitter feed .

Http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa - msfc

Prizes include $60,000 in cash and scholarships . On March 29th two Minster Rocket Club teams were notified they qualified in the top 100 beating out  25 other schools from across the nation.

Additionally, of the 40 Ohio schools that entered the 2013 competition , Minster Rocket Club will be the only ohio school to advance to the national finals! Now these two teams prepare for the finals and strive to achieve the success they accomplished last year

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