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S.T.E.A.M. Competition

STAY TUNED FOR NEXT YEAR'S COMPETITION!

On December 1, 2017, JSerra Catholic High School and its Engineering Magnet Program (EMP) hosted a model rocket competition — "Battle of the Rockets" — for 7th and 8th grade students currently enrolled at Mission Basilica, St. Edward the Confessor, St. Catherine of Siena, Our Lady of Fatima, St. Junipero Serra, St. Mary's, and St. Anne's. The winners received scholarships to JSerra, trophies, and automatic acceptance into the Engineering Magnet Program.

Overview

Each school was allowed to enter one 7th grade team and one 8th grade team with a maximum of three students on each team. JSerra supplied each school with two rocket packages consisting of all the construction materials necessary to build and launch a model rocket. Engines and recovery wadding were supplied by JSerra on launch day. Each team's rocket underwent an aerodynamic stability test to determine its flight worthiness along with its builders' ingenuity to design and paint it.

THE WINNING TEAMS

The winning team came from St. Mary's: Kendrick Choi, Leyton Breese, and Kaiden Martinez. They received $5,000 off tuition annually for all four years of high school at JSerra.

Second place came from Our Lady of Fatima: Nathan Valdez, Erick Ferguson, and Andrew Iglesias. Each team member received $2,500 off annual tuition.

The third place team came from St. Edward the Confessor: Jacob Frericks, Eoghan Cowley, and Aidan Kheriaty. They each received $1,250 off tuition per year.


USEFUL VIDEOS

Below are a few YouTube videos that can provide helpful direction for those who have never built a rocket.

HOW ROCKET MODELS WORK

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CONSTRUCTION

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ASSEMBLING THE ROCKET

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COMPONENTS FOR A ROCKET

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FINISHING THE FINS

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PAINTING THE ROCKET

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LEARN ABOUT THE EMP

Learn more about this four-year program that prepares students for an engineering curriculum in college and future careers in engineering!

ENGINEERING MAGNET PROGRAM

GET THE DETAILS

QUESTIONS?

Dr. Blase Maffia
EMP/Science Teacher
bmaffia@jserra.org
949.493.9307 Ext. 7105

Zach Brogdon
Admissions Assistant
zbrogdon@jserra.org
949.493.9307 Ext. 5205

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