PVCC rocketry team brings home NASA recognitions

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A local community college team has earned recognition in a national competition sponsored by NASA.

Piedmont Virginia Community College's Student Launch Team competed in the Student Launch Competition and won first place in the Rocket Fair Display Award for the best display and first place in Team Spirit.

The team also placed second for Best-Looking Rocket.

"We are very proud of our PVCC students competing at the national level as one of only a few community colleges in a field dominated by four-year institutions," said Yanina Goddard, a professor of physics at PVCC. "Their enthusiasm, team spirit, dedication and hard work was recognized with the three awards."

The annual competition was held earlier this month at NASA's Marshal Space Flight Center in Alabama, and it involved 45 student teams from 20 states.

Along with competing, the students also learned about the latest in rocket launch technology.

Teams design, build and test a rocket and payload while meeting various documentation and review milestones with NASA rocketry experts.

After eight months of designing, building, testing and launching, the winners of the challenge were announced on April 6.

To learn more about the PVCC team, click on the links in the Related Links box.

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