Students Learn STEM Skills While Reaching for the Sky

Members of the Brazoswood High School rocket class present their calculations and other project progress.

A class of high school students in Texas has reached new heights of science and engineering understanding with a rocket-building project. But that’s nothing compared to the heights they hope to reach in May. The Brazoswood High School rocketry class is participating in SystemsGo, a NASA-supported program that challenges students to design and build a rocket that will meet specific performance objectives. It gives students a chance to use their science and engineering skills in a real-world application. The team, which is sponsored by Dow, recently sent three members and its advisor to Johnson Space Center to present the team’s mathematical flight model to NASA officials. The final objective is May 10 – Flight Day – when the team will launch its rocket to a height of up to 13,000 feet in an attempt to break the sound barrier. Dow engineers have served as mentors for the Transonic Rocket Review as well as the earlier Design Review phase. Dow leaders and employees also have attended the end-of-the-year rocket launch over the three years the company has sponsored the class.