Spring Grove Rocket Scientists earn grant to build rocket

Spring Grove Area High School’s Rocket Scientists aren’t letting a little thing like a cut in NASA funding stop them from building and launching the rocket they designed.

NASA cut funding for the program that last year had Spring Grove students build a rocket that was launched from NASA facilities in Alabama.

But teacher Brian Hastings recently emailed to tell me the students were going to build their rocket anyway.

And the Rocket Scientists received a grant to help. The club received a $5,000 Lowes Toolbox for Education grant to fund their 2014 rocket launch. It’s one of 350 grants awarded by Lowes, a news release says.

Building from last year’s NASA project, the students are building a 6-inch diameter, nearly 20-pound rocket. It will carry a scientific payload measuring electromagnetic waves from the rocket’s highest point until it hits the ground, the release says.

“We want to see if there is a relationship between altitude and electromagnetic radiation,” Hastings said in the news release.

Rocket construction will be under way in the coming months and students will launch at Maryland and Delaware Rocket Association’s (MDRA) Red Glare event in April, according to the release.

Catch up on the Rocket Scientists:

Program that took students to NASA has been cut

Spring Grove students’ rocket soars 3,900 feet

About Angie Mason

I'm the education reporter at the York Daily Record. Follow me on Twitter: @angiemason1
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