Last week, San Marcos High School participated in the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). TARC is the world’s largest model rocket contest and the aerospace industry’s flagship program designed to encourage students to study science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
As the premier high school rocketry team in north county, SMHS teams competed last week at the national finals. After 6 months of designing and testing both on computer, as well as in the field, The Flying Knights were amongst the top 101 teams in the nation to attend the final fly-offs at The Plains in Virginia.
Structured to emulate the aerospace industry's engineering design process, TARC challenged teams to design and build a model rocket that could travel to a height of 800 feet and back within 46 to 48 seconds. This year’s rules required each rocket to carry one raw egg that had to be safely returned to the ground uncracked. After the smoke from the 101 rockets settled, San Marcos HS teams finished in 33rd and 71st place.