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High-School Students Display Space Projects

High-School Students Display Space Projects

Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico -- April 26, 2001 (AFPN) -- Students from 13 high schools demonstrated their research projects developed during a yearlong Air Force Research Laboratory-sponsored educational outreach program here April 24.

Mentor Dr. Ty Martinez (left), a research physicist from the surveillance technologies branch of the Air Force Research Laboratory's directed energy directorate, and James Kwan (right), a Rio Rancho High School junior, observe James Kassemi, a junior, align the set-up for the school's Laser Communications and Applied Holographic Aberration Correction Project. The project was demonstrated during the ninth Students Planning And Conducting Engineer Symposium held here April 24. Approximately 200 students from 13 high schools participated in this year's educational outreach program.

Photo by Conrad E. Dziewulski

Student rocketeers from Fredericksburg High School in Fredericksburg, Texas, were the first from an out-of-state high school to participate in the laboratory's Students Planning And Conducting Engineering Project, a program that provides educational and real-world research experiences to high school students.

Members from the teams demonstrated their projects and provided briefings on results to a panel of government and private sector mentors at the ninth SPACE Symposium. Mentors reviewed the projects and offered suggestions on how to improve the projects following each team's presentation.

"The goal of the program is to provide a real-world experience to students who have varying understanding of science and technology," said Gerald Mora, program manager with the laboratory's office of technology transfer for education. He said the program had grown this year from two to 13 schools, with more than 200 students participating.

The Texas high schoolers briefed the results of the aerospace program, which culminated in a rocket launched to an altitude of 36,000 feet at the U. S. Army's White Sands Missile Range.

"A major goal of the school's aerospace program is to expose students to university-level research and not simply launch rockets," explained Brett Williams, program director and an aeroscience and drafting teacher at the central Texas school.

He added that the flight of Redbird 9H was to launch a high-altitude communications platform for the University of Texas in Austin. Although it failed to reach its objective, because of a rocket nozzle malfunction, the students are already working on another research project with Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.

Other projects presented included a computerized facial recognition system, using holograms to improve laser communications and an aerodynamics study of a superior sport truck.

About 50 mentors from government and the private sector guided the students with their projects.

Related Images:

A Rio Rancho High School junior, Daniel Nielsen, explains how a hologram can be used to improve laser communication to Sue Cleveland, superintendent of Rio Ranch Public Schools, during ninth the Students Planning And Conducting Engineer Symposium held here April 24. Approximately 200 students from 13 high schools participated in the 2001 Air Force Research Laboratory's educational outreach program.

Photo by Conrad E. Dziewulski

Senior Justin Juwell (left) and sophomore Jake Neu of Fredericksburg High School in Fredericksburg, Texas, demonstrate the safety of solid-rocket propellant during the ninth Students Planning And Conducting Engineer Symposium held here April 24. The Texas students were among approximately 200 students from 13 high schools participating in the 2001 Air Force Research Laboratory's educational outreach program.

Photo by Conrad E. Dziewulski

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Directeur de la publication : Joël-François Dumont
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