The 10th Annual First Nations Launch with the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium was held over the weekend in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College sent it’s rocket team, Ishpiming Bemisejig, to compete.
Rocketry teams from tribal colleges and universities from around the country design and build their own rockets, which they fly at the competition. The student teams complete a variety of science and engineering challenges such as gathering weather data, sending the data to the ground by radio telemetry, and capturing on-board video.
The LCO College’s Facebook page reported on Thursday the team had put their final touches on the rocket, built the motor, programmed the altimeter, and secured cameras on the airframe.
The team had two successful launches on Saturday, April 27.
The college Facebook page reported, “Still waiting on altitude data but cameras collected video! Way to go team! Ishpiming Bemisejig Rocket Team has been busy this weekend - 2 successful launches, presentation with judges and the awards banquet. Congrats to the entire team and Michael Clarquist who won the Patch Design award for his 10h Anniversary Patch for the WSGC First Nations Launch. The team finds out May 20th how they placed overall; but regardless of placement they worked hard, learned new things, met new people and we are so very PROUD of them!”
From the LCO Ojibwe Community College Facebook Page