Tatiana Torriani, Greg Jones, Roman Herrera - Cassini
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Hear Lockheed Martin and STEM students describe the project.
Dr. Neely Clapp (STEM Science Teacher) describes how the Cassini Challenge inspired his 8th graders,
In bridging the divide between traditional K12 education and real world application/on job skills, The 8th grade science class immersed in an ongoing project with a local industry leader: Lockheed Martin. The learning task called for 8th graders to respond to an industry request for proposals(RFP) for mission opportunities to go back to an outer planet within our solar system to gather further data/observations. Their task was to design a vehicle, from launch to mission completion, that will leave Earth’s atmosphere and gather science (of your choosing) that will contribute to society. During this project endeavor, the 8th grade class was exposed to Lockheed Martin Engineers via the SYNK for the initial RFP presentation, then throughout the project - students interacted with Lockheed Engineers in an iterative process to find the best/most feasible solutions for their respective probe missions. Questions the students were challenged with: Will the vehicle be too far away from the sun to be powered by solar panels? What is your alternative? Can your structure, your systems/ subsystems/ components withstand the environmental conditions of where you’re starting, where you’re going and everything in between? Will you be using the appropriate instruments to gather the data/science? How will the benefits and research potential outweigh the costs? The final products was initially evaluated in-house (at STEM) and then sent to Lockheed for an authentic industry assessment experience for the students.