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Revisit of Lessons Learned: Evolution of the Aerospace Engineering Summer Camp in Year Three

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 17, 2015





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Aerospace Division Technical Session 1

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26.1343.1 - 26.1343.14



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Kristi J. Shryock Texas A&M University

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Dr. Kristi J. Shryock is an Instructional Associate Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Senior Director of Retention in the Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. She received her BS, MS, and PhD from the College of Engineering at Texas A&M. Kristi works to improve the undergraduate engineering experience through evaluating preparation in mathematics and physics, incorporating non-traditional teaching methods into the classroom, and engaging her students with interactive methods.

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David B Kanipe Texas A&M University

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After receiving a BS in Aerospace Engineering in May 1970, followed by a MS in Aerospace Engineering in August 1971 from Texas A&M University, Mr. Kanipe accepted a position with NASA at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston and began his professional career in November 1972.
A month after his arrival at NASA, the last Apollo mission, Apollo 17, was launched. Obviously, that was exciting, but in terms of his career, the commencement of the Space Shuttle Program in November 1972 was to have far more impact. As a result, David was able to begin his career working on what he says was the most interesting and exciting project he could possibly imagine: the Space Shuttle.
Over his career, David held successively influential management positions including Deputy Branch Chief of the Aerodynamics Branch in the Aeroscience and Flight Mechanics Division, Chief of the GN&C Analysis and Design Branch, Deputy Chief of the Aeroscience and Flight Mechanics Division, and for the final 10 years of his career, Chief of the Aeroscience and Flight Mechanics Division in the Engineering Directorate at the Johnson Space Center.
Dave retired from NASA at the end of 2010 after more than 38 years of service in the US Space Program. His career spanned numerous projects and programs, including both crewed and robotic spacecraft. After retiring from NASA, the Head of the Aerospace Engineering Department at Texas A&M University asked him to come to A&M as a Senior Lecturer to teach a Senior Capstone Design course focusing on Spacecraft Design. In September 2014 he became an Associate Professor of Practice in the Aerospace Engineering Department at Texas A&M. He began his fourth year of teaching at Texas A&M in September 2014.

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Revisit of Lessons Learned: Evolution of the Aerospace Engineering Summer Camp in Year ThreeThree years ago, University held a summer camp to improve outreach to high schools andencourage interest in aerospace engineering. A critical evaluation three years later evaluates thesuccesses and revisions by the department. In an effort to improve the student experience, eachsubsequent camp reflects on lessons learned from previous camps, and the latest camp is nodifferent.In early years, additions included having practicing engineers participate in camp and integratingdifferent design tracks using a systems approach. In the most recent version of the camp, thestructure was modified significantly to accommodate additional students and provide anadditional field of interest. In addition to the previous aircraft and rocket tracks, a third track,called Air Swimmers, focused on the use of electronic control systems to maneuver the lighter-than-air swimmers. Adding a new track allowed an increase in the number of students attendingcamp from 30 to 60 with the team size in each track increasing from 15 to 20 students. Anotherinnovation for the third camp was the inclusion of interested high school science andmathematics teachers in the camp. In an effort to educate one and reach a hundred, the campprovided four teachers with inspiration and ideas that could be transplanted to their high schoolclassrooms.The paper will present modifications to the camp structure, results from assessment of the camp,lessons learned by the instructors, comments from both students in the camp and personnelinvolved, and future plans based on evaluations from the current year. In summary, outcomeshave been achieved, and the majority of students felt their experiences were particularlyrewarding. The intent is for this review to provide guidance and inspiration to other aerospaceengineering programs seeking to engage high school students into their program of study.

Shryock, K. J., & Kanipe, D. B. (2015, June), Revisit of Lessons Learned: Evolution of the Aerospace Engineering Summer Camp in Year Three Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24680

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