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High School Students Learn the Basics of Rocket Science In a University Summer CampMost engineering summer programs for high school students administered at the college-levelhave the common purposes of exciting high school students about engineering and serving as ameans to attract talented students into their program. Many times, the activities are geared morefor fun than educational purposes, and the appropriate age level is not always considered.Therefore, the paper intends to address two primary questions the authors considered indesigning this camp: - What is the most appropriate method of exciting high school students in an engineering summer camp? - How do you provide interesting and instructive demonstrations of basic aerospace concepts related to aerospace engineering at the high school level?To address these questions, the Department at Institution introduced a week-long summerprogram teaching high school juniors and seniors the basics of rocket science. The intent of thecamp was to provide a mixture of hands-on projects reinforced by a minimum level of basicphysics instruction coupled with engaging and challenging demonstrations of basic fundamentallaws. It was important to instruct and motivate the students, but those goals must be balancedwith an element of fun.This paper will provide a framework for teaching the basics of rocket science for high schoolstudents during a week-long program. While this is not a new idea, the authors will discuss whythe current lessons were selected, how the project builds moved from paper to a powered flyingmodel, how students were selected, what the role of social media was in the camp, and whatresults were achieved during the first implementation. Lessons learned and plans for futureiterations will also be discussed. Aerospace engineering departments with current high schoolsummer programs focusing on rocket design and those looking to start their own program willdiscover practical, effective methods in this paper that can be adapted to their circumstances. Inaddition, high school programs seeking to use rocket launches to teach basic physical laws willalso find useful project ideas and strategies.
Kanipe, D. B., & Shryock, K. J., & Richard, J. C. (2013, June), Lessons Learned by the Aerospace Engineering Department at Texas A&M University Following Its First Summer Camp for High School Students Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19875
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