A U.S. team composed of three students from a Raytheon-sponsored educational program has won first place at the International Rocketry Challenge in Paris, France.
Brothers Mark and Matthew Janecka and Daniel Kelton, who represented the 4-H Rocketry Club in Georgetown, Texas, topped the sixth annual competition held at Le Bourget Airport, Raytheon said Friday.
They are among the beneficiaries of Raytheon’s MathMovesU program that aims to support science, technology, engineering and math students who plan to pursue careers in related fields.
“Raytheon is proud to continue its support of this exciting competition, which is inspiring a new generation to pursue rewarding careers in STEM,” Raytheon Chairman and CEO William H. Swanson said.
“Working together to design, build and launch their own rockets provides these young students with the opportunity to collaborate and solve problems creatively as a team,” Swanson added.
The U.S. team earned the highest scores for both the rocket launch and the presentation segments of the air show, with the teams from France and the United Kingdom placing second and third, respectively.
Aerospace industries associations from the three countries organize and fund the International Rocketry Challenge, which brings together middle and high school students who have prevailed in their local competitions.