A team of 8th graders from a public middle school in Washington state has won the International Rocketry Challenge in London.
A team of 8th-graders from Odle Middle School in Bellevue has won the International Rocketry Challenge in London.
Five students from Odle beat out teams from Japan, the United Kingdom and France to win Friday’s competition at the Farnborough Air Show.
“Representing the entire country was really intimidating,” captain Mikaela Ikeda told the Aerospace Industries Association. “Luckily, we had each other for support and everyone did their jobs perfectly.”
This is the second consecutive year a U.S. team has won the international title, according to the association. A team from Alabama took the title last year.
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The teams designed, built and launched rockets that had to reach an altitude of 850 feet within 44 to 46 seconds. The rocket had to carry two raw eggs.
The Bellevue students range in age from 12 to 14. In addition to the team captain, the members are Stephanie Han, Srivatshan Sakthinarayanan, Karl Deerkop and Larry Jing.
The team, named “Space Potatoes,” represented the U.S. in the international contest after beating out more than 780 teams across the country in this year’s Team America Rocketry Challenge in Washington, D.C. The team was sponsored by Raytheon.
Another team from Odle also competed in Washington, D.C., and placed 19th, Odle’s website says.