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Spring Grove, Dover schools team up to win rocket competition

John A. Pavoncello
York Dispatch

Spring Grove Area High School's rocket team has been building rockets and competing for several years, but this year the school teamed up with Dover Area High School for a new challenge. 

Spring Grove Area High School's rocket team prepares their 12-foot payload rocket for a weekend event, Thursday, April 12, 2018.  John A. Pavoncello photo

The annual Battle of the Rockets university and high school competition was held Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15, in Culpeper, Virginia, and featured three events: the Mars Rover, Sounding Rocket and Target Altitude.

The York Area Scientists team placed first with their 12-foot, 56-pound Mars Rover rocket designed and built by the Spring Grove rocket team, which successfully launched a robot payload designed and built by Dover Area High School's robotics team to over 1,000 feet. After parachuting back to Earth, the rover completed a series of maneuvers including traveling, turning and launching markers.

The teams competed for bragging rights and trophies.

"There are only so many schools in the country that have these programs, so there are some intense rivalries," said Spring Grove physics teacher and rocket team adviser Brian Hastings.