Friday, Nov. 7, 2014

UNO, Boeing, NASA, NCAM, Jacobs Partner to Host "Space Day" at UNO

UNO, The Boeing Company, NASA, NCAM and Jacobs Technology partner to host "Space Day" at the University of New Orleans.UNO, The Boeing Company, NASA, NCAM and Jacobs Technology partner to host "Space Day" at the University of New Orleans. The fun-filled day includes a series of competitions, talks and experiences designed to draw interest in the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The Boeing Company will introduce the Space Launch System now in development. The SLS will be the "most powerful rocket ever built," and will make the nation's first visit to Mars.

Stomp rockets, structural towers, stocking of a spaceship, students from six area middle schools will visit the University of New Orleans this month for Space Day, a fun-filled day designed to raise interest in the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Ready, Set, Lift-Off!

Space Day at UNO runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.

Distinguished Guest Speaker Richard "Rick" Navarro, director of operations for space exploration at The Boeing Company, will deliver an overview of the Space Launch System from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Engineering Building Auditorium, also known as Room 101.

Learn about the Space Launch System (SLS) and discuss career opportunities in the aerospace industry.

Open to all faculty, staff and students.

Nearly 175 seventh and eighth graders are expected to attend Space Day at UNO, said Karen Thomas, associate dean of STEM Outreach, Recruitment, and Retention in the UNO College of Sciences. Visitors are expected from St. Augustine, Archbishop Rummel, Edward Hynes and Holy Cross Schools, as well as Ursuline and Kipp Central City Academies.

Space Day is a celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, said Thomas. The event is a collaborative effort of the University of New Orleans College of Sciences and College of Engineering, NASA, The Boeing Company, Jacobs Technology, and the National Center for Advanced Manufacturing (NCAM).

The VIP list of visitors includes NASA and Boeing representatives, as well as Louisiana legislators.

The Most Powerful Rocket Built

UNO President Peter J. Fos will welcome the middle schoolers to campus at 9 a.m., said Thomas. Throughout the day, students will "look and learn," observing a scale model of Boeing's Space Launch system now in development, as well as Orion and Ground Systems displays.

Ricardo "Rick" Navarro, director of operations for space exploration at The Boeing Company will give an afternoon overview on the Space Launch System, Thomas said.

The Space Launch System "will be the most powerful rocket ever built," according to Boeing. The system's critical heavy-lift capability will allow it to carry people and cargo "farther in our solar system, faster than ever before possible."

"From planetary science to astronomy investigations, the evolvable rocket provides a flexible, affordable pathway to discovery, advancing knowledge and improving life on Earth," says The Boeing Company. "In addition to enabling unprecedented robotic exploration of our solar system, SLS will launch the Orion-Multipurpose Crew Vehicle ushering in a new era of human exploration beyond low Earth orbit. The heavy-lift rocket is capable of transporting crew and cargo beyond the moon, to asteroids and ultimately Mars. The first uncrewed SLS/Orion MPCV test flight is scheduled for 2017."

Competitive Fun

During Space Day students will rotate through three activities. Winners will be determined and awarded Space Day trophies at the end of Space Day.

Stomp Rockets

NASA's new Space Launch System, which is currently being built at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans is on track for the mission to Mars. Students will be given every day materials and instructions and asked to build and launch a NASA subscale test rocket. STEM teams will record and analyze data during the rocket test flight. Students will determine the best rocket design from each school for a final test flight at the end of Space Day.

NASA Challenge – Planetary Structure

NASA future space missions beyond low earth orbit require stronger and lighter materials to enable transport and assembly of structures in space. The students will be provided with every day materials and challenged to design and build a planetary structural tower that is free standing and built to maximum height.

Space Station Docking Simulator

The docking operation at the International Space Station allows for crew rotation and for the restocking of critical supplies and scientific experiments. Students will be provided with every day materials and instructions to design and build a propulsion system that travels the correct distance and speed for executing the required docking sequence.

Poster Competition

Each participating school is invited to design a 20-inch by 30-inch one-sided poster that symbolizes Louisiana's contribution to the NASA Space Program. Each school will work on and complete their poster prior to Space Day and bring them Check-In at Space Day.

The posters will be judged by a panel including NASA program directors, Boeing Company executives and deans at the University of New Orleans, Thomas said.

The winning poster will be announced at the end of Space Day. The winning school will receive a trophy and the poster will be professionally printed and framed and then returned to the winning school to display. Additional copies will be printed and displayed at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility and at the University of New Orleans campus.

 

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