From Press Release
Discovery Cube and Boeing Team Up for 22nd Annual Rocket Launch Competition in Huntington Beach
The sky’s the limit with hand-made bottle rockets at the annual Rocket Launch on May 9, 2015
SANTA ANA, Calif. (April 23, 2015) – Discovery Cube Orange County and Boeing [NYSE: BA] are once again teaming up to host the 22nd annual Rocket Launch on May 9, 2015, at the Boeing Huntington Beach facility. This free, family-friendly event will have imaginations soaring as young engineers design and build their own bottle rockets to participate in the annual competition, meet a real NASA astronaut, and have the opportunity to win the grand prize of viewing an actual rocket launch.
“Rocket Launch is a great event that allows kids to get excited about science and learn about careers in engineering,” said Joe Adams, CEO of Discovery Science Foundation. “It’s great to see the next generation of engineers and innovators being inspired and having fun in an educational environment.”
The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 9, 2015 at the Boeing facility, 5301 Bolsa Ave., Huntington Beach. Attendees will be able to design, build and launch their own rockets created from two-liter plastic soda bottles. Volunteers at an ‘Ask an Engineer’ table will be available for professional guidance to rocket creators. The hand-made rockets get launched into the sky by using a blend of pressurized air and water for propulsion, and then deploy a parachute as they fall back to Earth. The rocket with the longest “hang time” wins the competition.
“Boeing is honored to co-host this great event that draws thousands from our community each year to our campus,” said Rick Baily, vice president, Boeing Test & Evaluation. “Kids and adults have fun building and launching their own rockets, and Boeing engineers and student volunteers have an opportunity to share their experiences with the next generation of engineers, scientists and future innovators.”
As an added bonus, Astronaut Dr. Yvonne Cagle, Colonel, U.S. Air Force (retired) will be on hand to meet guests and discuss why events like the Rocket Launch are important in promoting science, technology, engineering and math proficiency to children and families. Rocket Launch is a free event open to the public and is sponsored by The Boeing Company, Scholarshare, Employers Community Fund, United Launch Alliance, and George Westrom & Family. Those wishing to participate in the Rocket Launch competition must register online prior to the event. For more information, visit discoverycube.org/rocketlaunch.