NCSSM Rocketry

The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) Rocketry team is a collaborative effort to encourage interest in rocketry across the state. NCSSM Rocketry is entirely student-led at our Durham and Morganton campuses, and includes students in 11th and 12th grade. NCSSM has previously competed in the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC), Battle of the Rockets (BOTR), and NASA Student Launch (SL) rocketry competitions.

NCSSM is the nation’s first public residential high school specializing in science, technology, engineering, and math. The school challenges talented high school juniors and seniors from across North Carolina through a residential program on our campuses in Durham and Morganton, and through an extensive online program. NCSSM is committed to giving back to the community through the time, talents, and resources of its world-class educators, dedicated staff, and students. Founded in 1980, NCSSM has become the model for 18 such specialized schools around the globe. NCSSM’s 9,000-plus alumni include local and global leaders in medicine, technology, commerce, education, and the arts.

2022-2023: Our HPR team at the Bayboro launch site ahead of the second launch of BRRDS.

The 2022-2023 team captains with Dr. Love. (From left to right: Colton King, Joey Banchik, Garrett Wight, Haygen Warren, Dr. Love, Nico Martinez, Connor Bost)

2021-2022: HPR Team at Bayboro before the launch of BRRDS, which had a speed of Mach 1.3. 

Chancellor Todd Roberts at Bayboro with captains Takumi Fujita, Rochelle David, Evelyn Ong, Donald Gemmel, and Jabri Garcia-Jimenez.

2019-2020: Research Poster for the HPR Team. 

2018-2019: NASA SL team standing in front of "Apollo" shortly before it soars to over 5700 ft.

2017-2018: Team poses with Homer Hickam in Huntsville Alabama during NASA SL event

2016-2017: TARC Rockets on the Hill in Washington DC

2014-2015: NASA SLI Team in Huntsville Alabama

2013-2014: Battle of the Rockets!

2012-2013: Caila, Evelyn, Sam, Dr. LaCosse, Andrew, Karia, Mr. Morey, Vivek, Hunter, and Logan. Added at Right: Mandie and Bo

2010-2011: From left to right, Theresa, Krista, Frances and Sarvani. 

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