Normandale “Roaring Lions” team finishes fifth Midwest High Power Rocket Competition

By Steven Geller - Director of Media and Public Relations

A team of Normandale Community College students finished fifth in a field of 18 teams in the Space Grant Midwest High-Power Rocket Competition run by The Minnesota Space Grant Consortium (MnSGC) in North Branch, Minn. this past summer.

The Normandale students who participated in the competition were Maxwell Beck, James Jones, Sam Kitzerow, Ali Minhas, Calib Sigfrid and Vadim Staviskiy. University teams that this group of Normandale students finished ahead of included, University of Minnesota (two of three teams), University of Minnesota-Duluth, Virginia Tech, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Iowa, University of Illinois and the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

In this competition college/university student teams were tasked to design and construct an "adaptable" single stage, dual deploy high-power rocket system that would fly to the same highest possible altitude on two motors (one I-class and one J-class, or else one J-class and one K-class) that are as different as possible from one another. The rocket needed to be recovered safely and in flyable condition.

Normandale's team completed three written reports, an oral report, and an outreach project along the way. The team's outreach project saw them build a pressurized rocket launcher to launch paper rockets at the Works Tech Fest. That project was featured on Twin Cities Live.

The team of students was managed by Normandale Fab Lab CLA Martin Stickney and Physics instructor Susan Kasahara. It was also sponsored by generous grants from the Normandale Foundation and a Perkins Grant totaling $3,400.