Rocketober set to spark interest

Kimberly Jordan • Updated Oct 23, 2013 at 3:01 PM

The Winfree Bryant Rocketry Team is inviting children in the community to join them at the Ward Ag Center this Saturday for "Rocketober."

According to club sponsor Tammy Sheppard, all children ages 6-14 are invited to participate in the event, which will allow them to build their own rockets and launch them during the day-long event which runs from 9 a.m. through 3 p.m.

"This is the first time we have ever gone public with our outreach adventures. We have gone to our local schools and performed demonstrations and launches, but have not built rockets with students. We are excited to be able to do so," said Sheppard.

The cost of the event is $35 per child and includes a rocketry kit for each child to build, launch and take home. The cost also includes a t-shirt and lunch. 

Rockets will be constructed in the morning, and launches will take place after lunch. 

Sheppard said there is limited space, as the camp is filling up quickly.

"We enjoy our rocketry program, building rockets from scratch and launching. There is so much science, technology, engineering and mathematics to learn from this program. The team feels that it would be selfish to hold onto our knowledge and not pass it along to others," said Sheppard. "We want to share our love and passion for rocketry with others in the community and create a huge awareness of the hobby since it is not well known in the area. We hope to create an interest and possibly have more schools in the area to form rocketry teams that will compete with us in Team America Rocketry Challenge."

Anyone interested in watching the launches can attend free of charge. All funds raised from the event will support the WBMS and Lebanon High School rocketry teams.

"The Winfree Bryant Middle School and Lebanon High School teams are still looking for corporate and community sponsors to help us make it to nationals again this year," said Sheppard. She noted each competition rocket costs around $200 to build, and between the four teams at the schools, there will be 12 rockets that need to be constructed for competition.

Anyone interested in sponsoring the teams can contact Sheppard at Winfree Bryant Middle School.

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