2007-2008

WPI to Launch Water Rocket Competition to Commemorate 100th Anniversary of Robert H. Goddard's Graduation

WPI's year-long observance of the centennial of Dr. Robert H. Goddard's graduation from WPI will continue Saturday, June 7 as the university's Physics Department will launch the first annual Commemorative Water Rocket Competition to honor the "Father of Modern Rocketry."

In Memory of the 'Father of Modern Rocketry,' Competition will be Held June 7

What

As part of Worcester Polytechnic Institute's (WPI) year-long observance of the centennial of Dr. Robert H. Goddard's graduation from WPI in 1908, the university's Physics Department will launch the first annual Commemorative Water Rocket Competition to honor the "Father of Modern Rocketry."

All schools in Worcester, kindergarten through college, have been invited to send teams of students to the event. Each team must include a member of their school’s faculty to serve as team leader. Teams will compete for prizes by launching their own homemade water rocket and attempting to soft-land a chicken egg in "Goddard’s Circle." Prizes will also be awarded for excellence in design and masterful presentation of theory. This free event is open to the public.

Goddard is one of WPI's best-known and most historically significant alumni. He was the first to use liquid propellants as rocket fuel, and is credited with the first successful launch of a liquid-fueled rocket -- from Auburn, Mass., on March 16, 1926. WPI has a year-long schedule of events to commemorate Goddard and his contributions to science. See www.wpi.edu/+physics/Rocket for more information.

When

Saturday, June 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Rain date: June 8)

Where

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Alumni Field
100 Institute Road
Worcester, Mass.

June 3, 2008

Contact: Lorraine U. Martinelle, Public Relations Specialist, +1-508-831-6425, lurbans@wpi.edu Eileen Brangan Mell, Director of Public Relations, +1-508-831-6785, ebmell@wpi.edu