Middle School Launch Challenge - Rocketry $1,000 Prize

    The Mississippi State University Rocket Team and NAR
    Section #695 want to announce the first MSU Space Cowboys
    Middle School Launch Challenge (MSLC). It will be held
    April 12, 2008 at Mississippi State University. The
    winning team will win $1,000 School teams and other groups
    (girl scouts, boy scouts, etc) from any state are welcome
    and encouraged to participate. The MSU Space Cowboys Middle School Launch Challenge is a
    contest for middle school students (6-8th grades) to
    design, build, test, and fly a rocket with a scientific
    payload to 800 ft. AGL. Emphasis will also be placed on
    two written papers that will be due in the course of the
    contest. This contest is designed to introduce middle
    school students to not only rocketry, but to aspects of
    mission planning and teamwork coming together to achieve a
    successful mission. Flight reviews, budgeting, scheduling,
    logistics, teamwork, and safety are all important key
    topics (in addition to the vehicle and its flight) that
    will addressed in this competition.

    The contest will be divided into two distinct sections:
    the flight of the rocket and review papers. The review
    papers are designed similar to what real NASA engineers
    have to present prior to their launches. The papers for
    this contest show insight that the team has gained in the
    course of design and construction, and testing and
    validation. Each paper will be 3-5 pages in length.
    Feedback will be received from the Space Cowboys.

    The flight itself will be graded by: whether or not the
    team conducts themselves professionally, all safety
    guidelines and rules followed, successful flight,
    successful recovery, and altitude. Safety is paramount on
    launch day. Unsafe rockets or rocketeers will not be
    allowed to launch under any circumstances. The contest
    launch will be conducted in accordance with the guidelines
    set out by the National Association of Rocketry.

    The top three winners of the contest will receive a cash
    prize in the name of their school/organization. The total
    purse for this contest is $1,350, with $1,000 going to the
    winning school. There will also be other prizes handed out
    on launch day.

    February 1, 2008 -- Entry Forms Due
    March 14, 2008 -- Progress Reports Due
    April 7, 2008 -- Readiness Review Due
    April 12, 2008 - Launch Day -- Mississippi State University

    Contact Joy Sills at jes214@msstate,edu or (601) 750 0325
    for more information