U of M students set Guinness World Record for Alka-Rocket launch

- A group of five University of Minnesota students blasted their way into the Guinness World Records with a high-flying rocket launch.

The team competed in the Bayer-Big Ten Alka-Rocket Challenge in Houston to set the record for the highest launch of an effervescent tablet rocket. Alka-rockets are homemade rockets that are powered by the chemical reaction from mixing effervescent tablets with water.

The Minnesota team's rocket soared 430 feet high, setting the record and beating out the competition.

Kevin Schrader, Jeffrey Guevara, Brody Hultman, Machlen Polfliet and Andrew Van Gerpen were the members of the winning team. They received a $25,000 cash prize and will be recognized on the field during the Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis.

“Three of us are freshman on the team,” said Schrader. “None of us thought anything like this would happen in our first semester at college.”

The students are part of a much larger Rocket Team at the University, which is made up of about 100 people.


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