Spring Grove Area High School’s Rocket Scientists are selling 2013 Bonus Books to help fund their participation in NASA’s Student Launch Initiative.
Spring Grove was the only high school in Pennsylvania (and one of just 21 nationwide) to be chosen for the program, through which they will build and launch a 7-foot rocket at least one mile into the air, according to a news release. It will carry a science experiment that will deploy at the one-mile mark.
Costs of the rocket plus travel to the NASA facility in Huntsville, Ala., are estimated at around $13,000.
Merchants who participate in Bonus Books offer significant discounts to their stores, restaurants and attractions, the release says. The books, $28 each, are available in each school district building, at Spring Grove’s holiday concerts and several home sports events, and at some Spring Grove merchants, including A Little Bit of Heaven Coffee Shop, Glatco Credit Union, Forge Hardware and Famous Hot Weiner.
I hung out with the Rocket Scientists last year, when they were preparing for the Team America Rocketry Challenge. Here’s some video from that day: