Here's another fairly short story that might interest some older students who are thinking about careers and college—or loud, exciting rockets that go fast: Student-built rocket with experimental motor blasts to 1st-place finish, UW Today, Aug. 10, 2011.
There's a cool video showing the rocket taking off. It went over 5 miles high!
The team of students worked on the project for a year and a half. That's a lot of work—but designing a new rocket motor is a big deal!
Of course to talk about rocket science, you need some vocabulary, like "propulsion" and "design." A vocabulary list based on the article is here. As with other lists on Vocabulary.com, it gives you practice with new words (along with points and "badges" when you get them right).