Wichita middle school students to compete at national rocketry competition

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Some Wichita middle school students are gearing up to compete in the national finals for the Team America Rocketry Challenge.

The Truesdell Middle School eighth grade boys rocketry team was one of the 100 teams nationwide to qualify.

The challenge requires students to design and build a rocket that will climb 850 feet for 44 to 46 seconds. It will carry two raw eggs inside that can't break in the air or when the rocket lands. Some impressive prizes are on the line for the winning team.

"The team that qualified has the opportunity if they win, to win $10,000 in scholarship money each and an all-expense-paid trip to the International Air Show in Europe this summer to compete at the world championship," said Cal Ammons, the rocketry team coach.

The national finals are May 14 in Washington, D.C.