Fort Lewis College students compete in First Nations Launch competition

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Fort Lewis College students compete in First Nations Launch competition

Alven Miller and fellow Fort Lewis College students Jodi James, left, and Keneda Randall work on the rocket they recently set off during the First Nations Launch competition held in Kansasville, Wis.
Fort Lewis College student Jodi James sands the nose cone of the rocket students brought to the First Nations Launch competition in Kansasville, Wis.
A diagram shows how the Fort Lewis College rocket is supposed to float down to earth after launching.
Jodi James, Alven Miller and Jeremy James at the First Nations Launch held Saturday in Kansasville, Wis.
To help

On May 2, Grassburger, 726 Main Ave., will donate 10 percent of each meal – for customers who request it – to the CloudBusters, which is looking to raise $10,000 to attend the Team America Rocketry Challenge in Washington, D.C. Customers who wish to support the team should tell the employee at the register they want 10 percent of their meal to be donated to the CloudBusters.
In addition, the CloudBusters have a gofundme page at https://www.gofundme.com/rocket-team-makes-nationals-in-dc.
As of Tuesday, the team has raised $3,170.

Fort Lewis College students compete in First Nations Launch competition

Alven Miller and fellow Fort Lewis College students Jodi James, left, and Keneda Randall work on the rocket they recently set off during the First Nations Launch competition held in Kansasville, Wis.
Fort Lewis College student Jodi James sands the nose cone of the rocket students brought to the First Nations Launch competition in Kansasville, Wis.
A diagram shows how the Fort Lewis College rocket is supposed to float down to earth after launching.
Jodi James, Alven Miller and Jeremy James at the First Nations Launch held Saturday in Kansasville, Wis.

Fort Lewis College students compete in First Nations Launch competition

The team rocket for Fort Lewis College’s First Nations Launch rocketry competition takes off. Unfortunately, the rocket entered a bank of clouds and never came down intact, and the team suspects a catastrophic failure caused by a last-minute change required by officials on the charge used to deploy the rocket’s first parachute.

Fort Lewis College students compete in First Nations Launch competition

Charles Hakes, right, professor in the Department of Physics and Engineering at Fort Lewis College, places the engine in a rocket held by student Alven Miller.
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