PVCC students build rocket for NASA competition

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- After eight months of hard work, a team of students from Piedmont Virginia Community College shared their experience working in NASA's highly competitive student launch program.

The main goal of the competition was to build a high-power rocket to launch a mile into the air.

The very first Piedmont Student Launch Team was one of only three community college teams in the nation to be selected to participate.

Team members described the difficult work that went into the project but said it was all worth the experience.

"Fun and stressful, I think, are the two best words for it," said PVCC student and team leader, Andrew Oxford. "We're a fairly small team as we're just starting out so there's a lot of work for each individual person but it's also a lot of really fun and worthwhile work."

The nine team members made it through to the end of the competition which, according to Oxford, was not an easy feat.

They were also able to beat out bigger schools like Vanderbilt and the Naval Academy during the altitude challenge.

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