Nearly 20 high school and middle school students representing 8 local schools make up the Fab Lab Rocketry Club, Team True Fire. Led by Riverview High School student Sebastian Grabowski, the club aims to design, construct, test and launch a rocket to at least 15,000 feet by May 2023. The interdisciplinary research project provides students with a real-world learning experience in the fields of physics, engineering, computer programming, chemistry, and mathematics.
With guidance from professional mentors, including Fab Lab board member and physics teacher Russell Finger, the students spent fall 2022 determining plans and goals, testing rocket fuel chemicals, designing the rocket nozzle and cone using computer-aided design software, and programming adjustable fins to control the rocket's flight.
The students' efforts would secure their title as the first high school or amateur team (including collegiate groups) in Florida to launch a rocket 15,000 feet.
But to get to launch day, they need your help! Donations of any amount make a difference and will contribute to fostering the next generation of STEM leaders.
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SRQ Magazine provided a grant to the Youth Rocketry Club through the SRQ MEDIA Gives Back Foundation
"I believe that space exploration has the power to bring people together and to inspire us to achieve great things. The fact that this project is a pioneering effort for high school students makes it all the more meaningful to me. It shows that age is not a barrier to achieving great things and that with hard work and determination, anyone can make a difference in the world." - Sebastian Grabowski, Rocketry Club team lead