The team has it's roots at the Durham School of the Arts (DSA), where a team achieved national honors in the Team America Rocketry Competition (TARC), where "Team Pumba" placed 15th overall, qualifying them to submit a proposal to the NASA Student Launch initiative in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013. 

The team was expanded schools in the Durham area and, in 2011, the team submitted a proposal, but sadly it was not accepted. During the 2012-2013 school year, however, a new team consisting of students from multiple area schools formed to try again. Their proposal was accepted, and they spent their year designing, building, and testing their rocket. 

Thank you Theresa, Krista, Frances, and Sarvarni! You inspired us all.

From left to right, Theresa, Krista, Frances and Sarvani.