Career Connections at SAVY 2019: Session 1, Day 5 – Aerospace Engineering (Rising 7th)
Aerospace engineering was a wild week, and has finally come to a close. As promised, we did launch rockets, and fortunately without any mishaps! We reviewed and discussed the relations between the engineering design process and project requirements. Students spent the rest of the morning discussing their flights, failure mechanisms, and risk assessments. Students watched slow motion video of their rockets launch as viewed by a camera directly below the launchpad, enabling them to understand the impacts of wind, stability, and minimal exit velocities from the launch rail. The lessons learned will be valuable in assessing future risks, designing experiments, and critical problem solving. It was a pleasure to have all of the students in class, and to meet many of you (the parents) at the Open House today. For any students wishing to build their own rockets or small circuits at home, by all means send an email. We can provide a short part list and the group of vendors we used for the course. I wish you all good luck, and a great summer.