The Advanced Physics Class at Skyline High School is one of 10 high-school teams in the nation that has won a NASA grant to design a high-powered...

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The Advanced Physics Class at Skyline High School is one of 10 high-school teams in the nation that has won a NASA grant to design a high-powered rocket.

Six Skyline students will design, create and launch a rocket for the Student Launch Initiative competition, working closely with faculty advisers. The rocket will be designed to fly to one mile in altitude and collect data relating to the intensity of ultraviolet-light radiation.

Today at 2:30 p.m., a representative from NASA will officially present the team with the $2,500 grant. The team will join with the NASA engineer and school faculty to hold a question-and-answer session open to the public.

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The team has been working on this project for NASA for the last several months and has already built a scale model of their 10-foot rocket. Construction of the full-scale rocket will begin this month.

In April, NASA will fly all the teams to Huntsville, Ala., for the launch of the rockets. The teams then have one month to study the data gathered from the launch and submit a final report to NASA, said Rebecca Fowler, Skyline physics teacher. The winning team will get a trip to space camp, she said.

The team is looking for additional sponsorship. Contact Fowler at FowlerR@issaquah.wednet.edu for additional information.