Saturday, October 03, 2015

To Infinity...and Beyond - Seattle Students and Space Travel

From our readers, news about great work being done by Seattle students who are interested in space studies.

From Eric B:

The Ingraham Rocket Club is one of 12 middle and high schools nationwide accepted into NASA's Student Launch program this year. The program requires students to design and build a rocket to carry a student-designed and built scientific or engineering payload to 5,280 feet. Along the way, their work will be reviewed by NASA in the same way NASA reviews their own projects. 

In April, our students will go launch their rocket in Huntsville with staff from the Marshall Space Flight Center. 

From McClureWatcher via Geek Wire:



On Saturday, a handmade craft rose 78,000 feet to capture the view from the edge of space. The craft, built by two Seattle youngsters, reached speeds of over 100 km/h on its journey over central Washington.
Kimberly and Rebecca Yeung built their spacecraft out of wood and broken arrow shafts, but it flew twice as high as commercial aircraft usually travel. Attached to a weather balloon filled with helium was a flight computer tracking their craft, two GoPro cameras, and a picture of their cat next to a Lego R2-D2. Called the Loki Lego Launcher, the craft was named after that cat and the figurine.

Rebecca, 10, said the most exciting part of the launch was actually the end, when they found the spacecraft with minimal damage.

Rebecca ended up spotting the orange parachute in a cow field and Kimberly, 8, picked it up after climbing over three fences to get there. While the ship was mostly intact, the namesake Loki and Lego snapped off on impact, but were quickly found nearby.

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As well, from SPS Communications:

Astronaut Michael Barrat recently visited students at Louisa Boren STEM K-8 to talk about life living onboard the International Space Station.

Doctor Barrat, who was born in Vancouver, Washington, and calls the town of Camas his home, is a physician specializing in aerospace medicine. Dr. Barrat also helped develop NASA’s space medicine programs for the Shuttle-Mir Program and International Space where he spent more than 200 days in outer space.

STEM’s fifth graders asked Dr. Barrat questions about everything from what weightlessness is like to what his favorite food was living high above the Earth.

5 comments:

seattle citizen said...

Congratulations, Ingraham! And "we'll done" to the other young engineers here!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to IHS Rocket Club. Hoping for some posted updates in April.

-HS Parent

Anonymous said...

Garage science rocks!

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GarfieldMom said...

So cool!

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