NASA Student Launch Initiative


Washington County 4-H Rocketry 

NASA's Student Launch Initiative (SLI)  gives middle and high school students the opportunity to design, build, and launch a rocket carrying a scientific payload to a mile in altitude. 


The Washington County (Wisconsin) 4-H Rocketry SLI team is composed of four members.  All of them have many years of rocketry experience gained from building rockets for 4-H and for TARC. 


Here's the team: Katlin (the red eyes are NOT from the flash - she's really like that when she's mad), Ben, Cam, and Brady (and yes, he never stops laughing).








Our payload/science experiment was to generate electricity via a wind turbine and a brushed DC generator in nose cone of the rocket. 

SLI 2008 is now over.  We successfully flew our rocket in Huntsville on April 25, 2008.  It went 4973' in altitude and at peak, generated over 280watts and 55 volts of electricity. 

Don Behm from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote a great article about the team.  Read it here

WISN Channel 12 in Milwaukee ran this news piece on the team. 

Here are several pictures from our time in Huntsville at Marshall Space Flight Center, US Space & Rocket Center, and the SLI 2008 Launch.  Videos of all 16 SLI launches are here. (We're launch #8)