About the Rocketry Team at Durham
The NCSSM Rocketry team has two main branches, The American Rocketry Challenge (TARC) and High-Powered Rocketry (HPR) Team. In 2020-2021, NCSSM sponsored five teams in the American Rocketry Challenge, the world’s largest rocket contest with nearly 5,000 students nationwide competing each year. The contest gives middle and high school students the opportunity to design, build and launch model rockets and hands-on experience solving engineering problems. The High-Powered Rocketry team is working on an independent research project designed and constructed by the students themselves.
Outreach is incredibly important to NCSSM Rocketry, as they work with Astronomy Days at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and attend the associated launch event. They have also supported a faculty member and students in NCSSM's Distance Education program by encouraging the formation of TARC teams that would receive technical and other assistance from our program.
About the Rocketry Team at Morganton
Rocketry at NCSSM Morganton consists of two student teams focused on building small, dual-stage rockets launching to heights of around 800 to 900 feet. The teams are devoted to having fun while building these rockets and spend a lot of time cracking jokes while sitting in the fabrication laboratory piecing parts together. We hope for expansion to four teams with the incoming class in the 2023 - 2024 school year.
The NCSSM Morganton Rocketry Club is designed to encourage learning in the rocketry field while maintaining a fun and safe environment.