Amador Valley High team in Washington, D.C., today for rocketry competition

Team must launch and land small rocket carrying eggs during national event

When teachers say "aim for the stars," a group of Amador Valley High School students seem to have taken it literally.

The scholar aviation club will participate in national rocketry competition today in Washington D.C. along with 100 other high school teams from across the nation in an event hosted by the National Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC).

"I felt proud and excited to be going to nationals for a second time," said Amador Valley junior Connor Cheng. "This has been an incredible experience. I'd like to thank our (engineering) teacher Tony Dennis for making this possible."

The team, led by Cheng and Dennis, includes students Connor Chen, Chris Chi and Eason Liu.

The competition requires team to design and build a rocket that flies to an altitude of 850 feet to carry two raw eggs and return them to the ground uncracked. The endeavor must be done between 44 and 46 seconds.

The teams will compete for more than $100,000 in cash, the title of national championships and advancement to the International Rocketry Challenge in the United Kingdom at the Farnborough Air Show in July.

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