NEWS: United Way will “blast off” our fundraising campaign with Wooddale High rocket team and Mid-South Rocket Society mentors, Sat., Sept. 10, 1:00 p.m.

Wooddale High School ‘s Rocket Team will launch a rocket designed and built by a team of students as part of their work to qualify for the national Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) this Saturday, September 10 at Shelby Farms.

In addition to the high school rocket team’s launch, program mentor Gary Cole, Chairman of the Mid-South Rocket Society will launch a huge 7.5 ft. tall rocket to symbolically celebrate the upcoming “launch” of United Way’s fundraising drive and the Memphis Air Show (both events formally begin the following week). The celebratory rocket will bear a United Way logo.

“We are thrilled to support the team at Wooddale High School, and equally happy to help support United Way,” Cole said.

Both launches will take place at an open field at Shelby Farms regularly used by the Mid-South Rocket Society with an opening rally at approximately 1:00 p.m. (weather permitting). You can view a Google Maps photo of the field at  http://goo.gl/maps/sIFj

Please join us this Saturday as we cheer on the dedicated work of the Wooddale High School Rocket Team, and celebrate the upcoming United Way Day of Caring event (Sept. 16) and Memphis Air Show (Sept. 17-18).

More about the Wooddale Rocket Team’s goal: The Wooddale High School team wishes to compete in the national Team America Rocketry Challenge. The Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is the world’s largest rocket contest, sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR).

Thousands of students from across the country compete in the contest every year. Teams must design, build and fly a model rocket that reaches a specific altitude and duration determined by a set of rules. The contest encourages students to study math and science and pursue careers in aerospace. The top 100 teams are invited to Washington, DC for the national finals.

Additional links: Visit the Memphis Air Show, the Wooddale Rocket Team, the Mid-South Rocket Society, and the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC)

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