Imagine it.

You've worked for months with a team of friends to build your own rocket.

You designed every dimension of it, painted it, prepped it, and finally launched it more than 800 feet into the sky.

Now, you're headed to Washington DC for the Team America Rocket Challenge National Championships with 100 of the best teams in the country.

All of this before you, or some of your teammates, are able to drive a car.

That's the reality for four high school teams out of Western New York: one team from Holland Central, one from Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart, and two teams from Nardin Academy.

Over the past four years, Western New York has been represented by one all-girl team 3 times, and two all-girl teams once.

Never before have we seen four teams make it to the national level.

"This contest scoring is 100% based on recorded rocket flight performance," said Moog's Nick Canaple in an e-mail to 2 On Your Side, pointing out that the scoring is in no way subjective. "So these girls qualified based on getting their rocket tech right."

For every moment they aren't cutting foam, weighing their rockets, or rolling parachutes, these girls are all still very much high schoolers: plenty of laughter, especially with the Sacred Heart team.

"Some people will always say 'oh this math is so hard,' and 'It's not rocket science,' and I say 'I do rocket science," laughs junior Anna Brach, one of the team members at Sacred Heart. "I love to make those punny jokes."

Brach has been focused on rocketry for the past 6-7 years, and this is her third time traveling to DC.

She's never been there with an all-girl team before.

Her teammates Olivia Zanelli and Claire Hejaily didn't have much rocketry experience at all before joining the Sacred Heart team.

They're both juniors, gearing up to be leaders for next year's team as well.

Their teammate, sophomore Olivia Keicher, has been doing it for about 6 years, much like Brach.

"It's definitely something that probably changed my life, because I love it so much," Keicher said. "I want to go into airspace engineering because of this. I developed such a passion for it, that I want to do it for the rest of my career."

Their coach, Sacred Heart science teacher Ron Stepien, said at first when he signed up to lead the team, they were the ones teaching him.

"It teaches these kids problem solving skills," Stepien smiled. "When these girls go out there and they do a launch, and they know they've got to get an altitude of 800 feet, they know that they've got a time of 41-43 seconds. I just sit back and I just watch, and I'm in amazement of what they're able to do."

Now, not only do these girls represent Western New York high schools with pride, but they're setting a standard for girls in school who want to break through a traditionally male-dominated industry.

It's an impact Stepien said the girls might not even be fully aware of yet.

"They're making a change in the world today," Stepien said. "It might be only one step, and it might be only one kid, but that one kid is going to go out and be like a stone, throwing out ripples into the water."