Navy Rockets intends to involve itself in the community through educational outreach events. The main targets of outreach events will be primary and secondary school students interested in the areas of Science, Technology, and Mathematics (STEM). In general, Navy Rockets participation in the outreach events will be supplementary to the overall goal of the event. All STEM events involve the rotation of interested young scholars through a myriad of engineering and technological disciplines. Navy Rockets plans to provide an opportunity for under-represented populations to experience design and engineering processes. This is to be done outside of a classroom setting through selected STEM events where participants engaged and actively participating.
Done in collaboration with Maryland Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) and Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, MESA day is one of the primary recurring USNA STEM events that Navy Rockets has participated in. MESA day is a full day of involved activities that keep elementary students from local counties and Baltimore City involved and interested in STEM related activities. Along with a plethora of age-appropriate interactive activities in different STEM areas, groups are encouraged to participate in a mini engineering design competition. Navy Rockets’ involvement in MESA day would consist of creating aerospace specific activities that will keep the students engaged and attentive. MESA day occurs monthly.
Team Lead Zach Lewis helps a student construct a catapult constructed of popsicle sticks and rubber bands.
Avionics Specialist Andrew Gomez engages in a hands-on activity with aspiring future engineers and scientists.
USNA National Eagle Scout Association STEM Jamboree
On January 20th, 2018 the Navy Rockets team participated in a STEM Jamboree hosted at the US Naval Academy by the National Eagle Scout Association club. The team taught the Boy Scouts the fundamentals of aerodynamic stability as it applies to rockets and engaged the scouts in a hands-on activity where the Scouts built rockets out of drinking straws. The feedback from the Scouts and the adult leaders was overwhelmingly positive and the team enjoyed inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers!