BISD Rocket Set to Launch at Missile Range

BISD Students to Launch 500 lb Rocket at White Sands Missile Range
Posted on 06/18/2018
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This school year students in the Rocket Engineering II class at Brazoswood High School took their engineering skills to the next level by participating in the Goddard Rocket Program. The mission of this program is to take a 5 pound scientific payload to an altitude of 100,000 feet, which is over seven times greater than the original goal of the course.

Goddard rockets can weigh up to 600 pounds, be 20 feet long and fly at speeds above Mach-2. The rocket will be flown with the support of the US Army at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico late June. During the 2017-2018 school year, students created a mathematical model of the rocket to predict the profile of the flight. This model was presented and approved by engineers at NASA Johnson Space Center prior to receiving permission to build the vehicle.

Using the skills learned in Rocket Engineering I and other STEM courses, students designed and constructed the hybrid motor system, rocket body, nose cone and all other rocket components and evaluated vehicle performance in the final phase of the program. Teamwork is essential as all parts must be integrated into one vehicle and all data (sizes and weights) must be put into the master design file to prove the vehicle remains stable during the flight.

Brazosport ISD Superintendent Danny Massey says, “The BISD Rocketry program is another great example of the quality of education and outstanding learning experiences available for our students.”

SystemsGo! is an innovative high school rocketry/aeroscience curriculum supported through a grant provided by The Dow Chemical Company that uses project-based learning to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to develop skills in teamwork, problem solving and leadership, which is used to encourage careers in the engineering industries. The program has been featured on NBC Nightly News, is endorsed by NASA and certified by The Space Foundation. It is now used in high schools in Texas and New Mexico. The knowledge and skills provided through the Systems Go! course not only prepares students to be college and career ready, it also provides students a huge advantage when going into STEM and engineering fields. Graduates of these courses have been known to work in leadership positions at NASA, SpaceX, Boeing and other prestigious industries and schools across the country. For these students it really is Rocket Science!

We are extremely proud of these students and their instructor Mr. Dale Hobbs for the time and hard work they have invested into their Goddard rocket and look forward to the much anticipated launch.

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