Ridgefield’s St. Monica Rocketry Club recently traveled to NASA’s Marshall Space Center in Huntsville, Ala., to launch its scientific payload aboard an 8-foot tall, 23-pound high-powered rocket.  

St. Monica’s, which is composed of 11 middle and high school students from Connecticut and New York, was one of 15 teams with non-college students that participated in the 2018 NASA Student Launch.  

The students took more than eight months to prepare for their launch. They worked together to build and test their rockets, paying special care to safety in all areas.  

The project included technical reviews where they interfaced via Web calls and video directly with NASA.  

They became the first team from Connecticut to complete the NASA program. The team was awarded third place for team spirit and tied for second place for rocket fair display.

The team captain is Justin Daniels, airframe lead is Natalie Turner and recovery lead is Ann Daniels — all from Ridgefield. The payload lead is Sean Wilder of Katonah, N.Y.  

Having completed all the requirements this year, the team is eligible to submit a proposal for the 2019 academic year.

The team said in a press release last week that it is grateful for local sponsorships, especially from Prime Taco, and that without them the experience would not have been possible.