Rockets 2014 soars

— Standard-Radio Post Photos/Lisa Treiber-Walter

(Top photo) Jousting?! No, it only looks like it as Fredericksburg High School student Brian Heifner and FHS ex Chelsea Burow move rockets to and from the Rockets 2014 launch towers set up at the Hillview Ranch near Willow City.— Standard-Radio Post Photos/Lisa Treiber-Walter

(Bottom left photo) 'We have lift off!' — Fabens High School's rocket embarks on a one-mile journey carrying the most unlikely of space travelers...worms! The invertebrates were recovered as were 72 of the 75 rockets launched by student developers from 35 Texas schools from Thursday through Sunday, May 15-18. Overall, "Rockets 2014" saw a 99 percent success rate when 90 of 91 total rockets successfully tested at the two separate launch sites set up in Fredericksburg and in Houston

(Bottom right photo) Original FHS Redbird 1 team member, Robert Deaver, verifies flight avionics on a student-designed and built rocket as a final preparation before its trip through the field to the launchpad.

(Bottom right photo) Watching a rocket reach the point of rollover is Brett Williams, the Fredericksburg High School STEM teacher who will retire at the end of May to assume full-time duties as the director of SystemsGo. It was Williams kick start that led to the local high school "rocket science" program that is now being emulated across the state thanks to SystemsGo efforts and some backing by NASA among others.

SystemsGo event sends vehicles skyward as student teams test skills in engineering, math, more

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