University of Minnesota Wins 2019 Bayer Alka-Rocket® Challenge, Takes Home $25,000

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Dec. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --A A student team from the University of Minnesota rocketed their way to victory and a $25,000 prize in the annual Bayer Alka-Rocket Challenge held here today at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.Experience the interactive Multichannel News Release here: panel of judges, along with a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDSa??Adjudicator, affirmed the University of Minnesota team launched an Alka-Seltzer powered rocket they designed to an altitude of 535 feet a?? a height that, along with a safe recovery, earned them the top score in the competition and the cash prize. The Golden Gophers, however, did not break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title earned at last year's Challenge with an 883-foot launch by a rocket team from Brigham Young University (BYU). A Created by Bayer, the competition challenges college teams to design and launch an Alka-Rocket in order to achieve the greatest height possible before initiating a controlled and safe descent. Alka-Rockets are model rockets often built using a 35mm film canister propelled by the chemical reaction that occurs when effervescent tablets are mixed with water.A  The University of Minnesota team competed against four other finalist teams from BYU, California Polytechnic University, Schoolcraft College (Michigan) and the University of Georgia.
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