Grades are grouped by categories in the National competition: 3-5; 6-8; and 9-12
(National Research & Engineering Project)! Students will actually participate in a National NASA research project. This class will prep students to utilize engineering skills, write a well-organized paper in MLA format, create a proper Works Cited page, collect enough accurate data, follow the Scientific Method, experiment with several trials and errors, formulate error analysis, and so much more! We will have a team of up to 6 students to tackle various missions with hands-on experiments, research analysis, and lots of curiosity. Super exciting! We’ll even Zoom with scientists to acquire a lot of interesting details and data. I had a team win Nationals in Spring 2023, I had another team win in 2021, and I had personally won Nationals in 2002! Though it is not about winning, the competitive mode keeps kiddos engaged!
(Mondays, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm); Grades 6-8 & 9-12
(Wednesdays, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm); Grades 3-5
NASA missions are super exciting!
(COMPLETE PROJECT takes TWO semesters…you may choose to enroll in 1 or both semesters. If you are interested in the National competition, you would take both semesters)!!!
Every year, there is a new subject matter that needs to be investigated and researched about. We’ll be building and programming robots, building huge platforms with barriers for the rovers to navigate, flying drones, building models, experimenting, doing a lot of research, art, math, and engineering throughout all missions. My project was selected as a National winner back in 2002, and it was such a phenomenal experience! However, it is not about winning, but rather gaining the overall experience of taking on such a huge project with a dedicated team, staying organized, doing proper documentation, and following through till the end. Simply completing the overall missions from beginning to the end makes one an automatic proud winner!
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison
“Everything is theoretically impossible until it is done.” – Robert A. Heinlein