Colorado Springs, Colorado 2021-06-19 19:13:56 –
Pueblo County-Colorado looked like Cape Canaveral on Saturday as dozens of rockets flew in the air, all as part of a national convention.
The American Rocketry Challenge National Finals are typically held annually in Washington, DC. However, the organizers have decided that it is safer to spread the COVID to multiple regional launch sites across the country.
The rocket may be scaled down from NASA’s, but the concept is the same
“It’s real rocket science,” said competitor Maddy Riker Walter.
And for these young rocket scientists, it took a great deal of commitment to get here.
“After school, every day from about 4am to 7pm,” said teammate Karon Kirk. “This is actually the farthest thing I’ve achieved in the team … until the second round.”
“Here” is the American Rocket Challenge National Final. This year, the field west of Pueblo was selected as one of 11 regional launch sites.
That’s why Kirk and Riker Walter’s team in Wichita, Kansas were there on Saturday-
“We are on vacation for a while,” Kirk said.
-The place where they took on new challenges.
“Altitude is much higher than Wichita,” said Leiker-Walter. “So we had to make a lot of changes.”
They are just happy to be here to tackle these challenges.
“Our principal cut funding for the program in 2019,” Kirk said.
They had to protect themselves after losing support from the school.
“This is not a cheap hobby,” Kirk said.
But they did it, which is why their launch didn’t always work as they wanted-
“We weren’t eligible for the Top 10,” Kirk said.
-The knowledge and experience they have gained is what they are most grateful for.
“I won’t bring this back to the world,” he said.
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