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U of M students take home $25K prize after winning Bayer Alka-Rocket Challenge

The winning rocket team from the University of Minnesota holds the $25,000 prize check provided by Bayer following the 2019 Alka-Rocket Challenge. Students pictured are (left to right) Nick Conlin, junior, aerospace engineering and mechanics; Devin McGee, senior, aerospace engineering and mechanics; Machlen Polfliet, junior, aerospace engineering and mechanics; Nick Pahl, senior, mechanical engineering; and Andrew Van Gerpen, junior, aerospace engineering and mechanics. Photo: University of Minnesota
The winning rocket team from the University of Minnesota holds the $25,000 prize check provided by Bayer following the 2019 Alka-Rocket Challenge. Students pictured are (left to right) Nick Conlin, junior, aerospace engineering and mechanics; Devin McGee, senior, aerospace engineering and mechanics; Machlen Polfliet, junior, aerospace engineering and mechanics; Nick Pahl, senior, mechanical engineering; and Andrew Van Gerpen, junior, aerospace engineering and mechanics.

Updated: December 13, 2019 04:36 PM

A group of University of Minnesota students rocketed their way to a $25,000 prize by winning a rocket challenge in Florida.

The College of Science and Engineering students designed and launched an Alka-Rocket that went to an altitude of 535 feet, earning them the top score in the annual Bayer Alka-Rocket Challenge at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

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The students — Nick Conlin, Devin McGee, Machlen Polfliet, Nick Pahl and Andrew Van Gerpen — competed against four other finalist teams from BYU, California Polytechnic University, Schoolcraft College (Michigan), and the University of Georgia.

The challenge was created to generate awareness about the country's need for more scientists, engineers and innovators.

You can see video of the event from the U of M here.

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