Students from Immaculate Conception School in East Aurora, N.Y., are spending days and weekends launching rockets and anxiously watching their takeoff and descent -- all in preparation for the national Team America Rocketry Challenge. The contest, sponsored by the National Association of Rocketry and the Aerospace Industry Association, aims to inspire students to careers in science, technology, engineering and math. "Engineering is a wonderful career for boys and girls," said John Scannell, CEO of aerospace firm Moog, a contest sponsor, and the father of a student on the team. "The nice thing about engineering as a career is it's portable. It's a completely transferable skill and gives you the ability to go into anything."

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