Great Press Coverage for AFE TARC

We’ve been out practicing for TARC finals and invited the press to see what we were doing on Wednesday 4/20/16.  The reporters all did an amazing job learning about TARC and also why our Alternative Family Education (AFE) homeschool environment is perfect for letting all of us participate in national competitions like TARC.  Click on the pictures below to see or watch the whole story.


Matt Sizemore, KION Anchor and Senior Space Reporter came out and watched the team launch while he interviewed our captains, Benno Kolland and Keith Veditz.


Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 1.30.39 PMJessica York from the Santa Cruz Sentinel did a great job of not only talking to each of the team members, but finding out about their unique contributions to the team. Plus we had to go back and count how many cans of paint we used!

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And last but certainly not least, Todd Guild from the Register-Pajaronian captured the key essence of TARC and the teamwork that goes into every launch.



Special Thanks to these great publications and reporters for spreading the word about rocketry!
Matt Sizemore, KION
Jessica York, The Santa Cruz Sentinel
Todd Guild, The Register Pajaronian

We qualified for Nationals!  

The AFE TARC Team from Santa Cruz is traveling to Washington D.C. for the Team America Rocketry Challenge final fly-offs in Virginia in May. They flew their qualifying flights and are practicing for Finals now!  AFE is one of only three Northern California teams who qualified.TARC_Quals_2016P1050224 - Version 2

We Finished Our Qual Flights!

We finished their qualifying flights on Wed, 3/23 with a combined score of 34.6. Now we wait for an announcement on 4/8/16 to find out whether our score qualifies us for nationals in Virginia. Last year’s combined score of 44 placed us 108th — with the top 100 teams qualifying for national competition. So our fingers are crossed!

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This week we finished up both new rockets including new boosters, payloads, and couplers. Both rockets got amazing paint jobs from Aidan and Jonah. We also got a beautiful new launch pad for our prospective launch site at the Watsonville fairgrounds! This new launch site will be very useful, as we will not be able to launch at Moffett due to unforeseen legal troubles with the site. As an added benefit, this new site will be a lot closer!



This week we proceeded with building two new rockets after determining the previous two would not satisfy the TARC height goal. These rockets will have 29mm motor mounts instead of the previous set’s 24mm. We cut the rockets’ body tubes to a shorter length to reduce drag. We also built two new coolers to contain the same payload space in a shorter rocket. Both rockets were sent home with Aidan and Jonah to be painted.