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We Have Liftoff: Rocket Science at CAMS

Tune into the Science Channel at 6 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 9 to watch eight California Academy of Mathematics and Science students design, build and launch a 29-foot, 500-pound rocket into the stratosphere at Mach 2.8, almost three times the speed of sound.

During the summer, CAMS students Ian Goegebuer, Karina Simpson, Kevin Hsu, Christopher Walsvick, Ezinna Nnabue, Julia Fees, Steven Jorgensen and Vanessa Lopez traveled to Black Rock, Nev. to launch their rocket 147,000 feet into the air.

After the launch, one student accepted a job designing rocket software.  Another student headed to MIT to study robotics engineering.  Sponsored by Sony, the program is planned for replication at 28 schools worldwide.

Meet the student team and watch a video of the launch at

CAMS, a high school run by the Long Beach Unified School District on the campus of Cal State Dominguez Hills, placed 22nd out of 21,000 public high schools nationwide in last year’s U.S. News and World Report ranking of America’s top high schools.

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