Oscoda Rotary’s 2nd annual rocket contest asked chance takers to guess how high their model rocket would go for $10/chance to raise money for local school leadership development and technology.  The contest rocket was launched at high noon on Sunday, Aug 14 in front of a crowd of about 50 rocket enthusiasts.  The rocket went 549 feet high and the recovery system worked perfectly, with the parachute opening as designed at about 400 feet.  In reviewing the contest entries, no one guessed the correct 549 feet but 6 people guessed 550 feet.  The tiebreaker was how far away the rocket came down from the launch pad.  While the rocket had angled slightly into the wind (known as “wind cocking”), once the parachute was out the stronger than expected wind aloft blew the rocket to a landing 247 feet down wind from the launch pad.   The closest guess was 230 ft, followed by 210 and 150ft.   
Contest Chairman Rick Ruth with 2nd place winner Ryker Janis
3rd place winner Bob Wilkie with the backup rocket
First place winner Mary Bochanek, daughter of Lindsay Bohanek of Waterford, MI. She wins $500 and the contest rocket.  Second place winner of $200 is Ryker Janis, son of Sarah and Ron Janis, proprietors of Oscoda Septic. Third place winner of the backup rocket are Bob and Jill Wilkie, summer residents of Lakewood Shores.
Upon receiving the check, Ryker’s father Ron said “We’re just so thankful for everything Rotary does in our community”.  The wind was predicted at a light 6 mph ENE so the largest possible engine, an E12-4, was placed into the rocket.  To keep the contest fair, chance takers were not allowed to weight the rocket but were allowed to hold it to estimate the weight.  Using the actual rocket weight and the estimated aerodynamic drag based on the rocket diameter, online rocket simulation programs predicted the rocket would go to 604 ft.  Of course, there is always variation based on the weather of the day and engine to engine variations, even those labeled the same., so the resulting 549 feet was within the margin of simulation error.    
The simulations also predicted the rocket would reach a speed of 122 mph, but instrumentation said it achieved 126 mph.  Max acceleration was 9.1G.  The rocket took just over 6 seconds to reach its peak altitude, then the recovery system was ejected. At first the parachute was held closed by an electronic chute release, which opened at 400 ft. Then the parachute fully opened and the rocket came down at 12 mph. The total flight duration was 35 seconds, 6 seconds up and 29 seconds down.  Using the chute release helped insure the rocket didn’t drift into the trees.
The contest raised $2,000 for school leadership and technology programs, more than twice as much as last year. Rotary President Pam Harkema said “We are grateful for the community support of Rotary that helps us to help our schools.  The rocket contest was a great reminder to aim high to push ourselves to greater heights of service to our community.”  
A public launch of the NorthEast Michigan Rocket Association preceeded the contest launch.  One of the rockets brought by a club member went so high, the wind took it OVER the trees by the bus garage.  The recovery team expected to find it in the practice soccer field behind the bus garage, but it was not found!  The next public launch is set for Saturday, Sept 3, from 9 to 11am at the OHS athletic complex. All are welcome.

Rotary Rocket Contest 

Rotary Rocket Contest
Proceeds to Local Area Schools Youth Development

Guess how high the rocket will go –

Launch Sunday August 14 at 12:00 at Oscoda High School Soccer/Baseball Fields. 

Wind>15 mph or Rain may delay launch (just like NASA)

•$500 First Prize  PLUS YOU WIN THE prime ROCKET!
•$200 Second Prize
•Third Prize – you win the backup Rocket!

(You can fly these rockets with kids and grandkids at the new NorthEast Michigan Rocket Association launches using estesrockets.com engines)

Flight Results and Winner will be posted on oscodarotary.org

Tickets $10/guess

Buy online at oscodarotary.org or send this form with check to                        Oscoda Rotary, c/o Rick Ruth, 1720 Primrose, East Tawas, MI 48730

Guess early and often!!


Address: ________________________________________________________

Phone/Email _____________________________________________________

How High will it go?____________            (0-1000 ft)

Tiebreaker: Landing distance from launch pad __________ft


Rocket may be inspected but not weighed. Engine size C, D, or E will be determined on launch day based on wind.  

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Oscoda Rotary in the 4th of July Parade

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Oscoda and Tawas students attend Rotary Leadership Camp

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Clean Water Project April 24

Posted by Richard Ruth on Apr 24, 2021
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Summer Concert Series

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Rotary Scholarship

Posted by Richard Ruth
Oscoda Rotary provides a $1,000 college scholarship to a deserving OHS student every year.   Our 2022 winner is Caitlyn Berney, who will  be attending Central Michigan University to study Elementary Education.   Caitlyn was a member of the Rotary-sponsored OHS Interact Service Club as well an an exemplary student.   
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Oscoda Rotary sponsors 2-6 OHS students annually to attend the summer Rotary Youth Leadership Institute. In non covid times this is a live camp in Harrison, MI; in COVID times it has been virtual.   
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Oscoda Youth Development

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Oscoda Rotary sponsors the middle school Earlyact service club for 7th-8th graders. 
Oscoda Rotary sponsors the rocket club at OHS.  
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