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Southside Academy Charter School Students to Compete in STEM-Focused Rocketry Challenge

NHA Communications Team  |  June 03, 2019
Jessica Meldrum
616-929-1394 (office)

 Southside Academy Charter School Students to Compete in STEM-Focused Rocketry Challenge

Southside’s first Rocketry Club is fueling up to compete in Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology’s rocket team challenge.

SYRACUSE, N.Y., May 29, 2019 — Seventh- and eighth-grade students from Southside Academy Charter School are set to compete in the 17th annual CNY Rocket Team Challenge through the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology (MOST) on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at Syracuse University’s Skytop field.   
“The Southside rocketeers use applied science daily to incorporate components of STEM-learning, which is a big emphasis of the club,” said Dr. Jeff White, principal at Southside Academy. “The scholars experience variations among different rockets and they can experiment, build different tests, and see cause and effect.”
The competition will require students to build and detail a rocket and bring them to the Skytop for launch. Teams will be judged on the quality of their overall construction, knowledge of their subject, how well they estimated their trajectory, and whether their “eggstronaut” survived its ride into the sky.
The school’s two teams include the Southside Hawks One and the Southside Hawks Two. This spring, the school launched its first-ever Rocketry Club, focused on STEM-learning, to build student excitement about technology-driven curriculum by concentrating on hands-on learning.
Members of the public are invited to attend the competition.

WHO:         Southside Academy Charter School Rocketry Club
                     Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology
WHAT:       CNY Rocket Team Challenge
WHEN:       Saturday, June 1, 2019
                     8 a.m. to 2 p.m.                                
WHERE:    Syracuse University Skytop Field
                    401 Skytop Road
                    Syracuse, NY 13244-1111


About Southside Academy:
Southside Academy, managed by National Heritage Academies, is a free public charter school serving students in kindergarten through eighth-grade in the Syracuse area. For more information, visit

About the MOST:
The Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology (MOST) is a hands-on science and technology museum for all ages. The MOST hosts numerous STEM education programs and community outreach events annually and is home to 35,000 square feet of interactive permanent and traveling exhibits, Silverman Planetarium, and Bristol IMAX® Omnitheater - the only domed IMAX theater in New York State. The MOST's vision is to be a preeminent science and technology center, inspiring all generations through hands-on education and entertainment.
The MOST is regularly open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. For hours and pricing, visit or call 315.425.9068.