Encouraging STEM Interest
We don’t just build rockets; we want to use our love for engineering to give back to the community. From elementary school bottle rocket launches and middle school lessons on Newton’s Laws in spaceflight, to workshops at the Adventure Science Center and guest lectures about the final frontier, we constantly strive to engage the broader community with a love for STEM. We believe that by exemplifying our passion for the work we do, we can help influence this generation’s students to become next generation’s NASA scientists and engineers.
“Stabilizing the rocket payload section to take pictures of targets as the rocket is in rapid ascent at 400 mph, and naturally rolling about its axis, is a very complicated challenge that the team has solved," said Professor Amrutur Anilkumar, director of the VADL and team adviser. “Sectional roll control can come in handy in spacecraft design for targeting, mating and servicing of spacecraft in orbit.”
Using History to Motivate the Next Generation of Aerospace Engineers and Scientists
Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel Replica in Demonstration
We feel that the Wright Brothers’ wind tunnel is a perfect tool to teach students both fundamental physical principles and the basics of the scientific method. In addition, we feel we can use the historical wind tunnel to inspire young endeavoring scientists to pursue science and engineering even when it may seem challenging or impossible, as was the case for the Wright Brothers’ from the outset. In telling the story of the Wright Brothers’, two high school dropouts that dedicated themselves to accomplishing the impossible dream of flight, we can instill a sense of persistence and ingenuity in the students to dare to dream big. With the wind tunnel, the students can get a sense of what engineering experimentation is like and see mathematics and scientific principles come to life and manifest themselves in designs that solve real world problems.