Opportunity Title: KSC - Launching 2 Learn Project
Opportunity Type: Internship
The application deadline is April 20, 2015
Opportunity Description/Objective (specific student assignment): The Launching 2 Learn (L2L) project is a four-week hands-on experience that teaches the science and math behind high power rockets (HPR). The central goal of the project is to contribute to retention efforts for the underserved and underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The project aims to increase STEM-literacy, raise confidence in technical abilities, and encourage students to continue with their pursuits of higher education in STEM fields. The experience will take place in summer 2015 at the NASA Kennedy Space Center, from July 6th through July 31st. The application deadline is April 20, 2015. The L2L project is designed for undergraduate freshman and sophomores majoring in STEM and related fields. Students with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and females are encouraged to apply.
Expected opportunity outcome (i.e. research, final report, poster presentation, etc.): This introduction to rocket science will enable students to build, simulate, and successfully launch and recover their very own rockets. The experience is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of how and why HPRs work. During the four-week session, students will learn about Newton's laws of motion, aerodynamic loads, rocket propulsion and thrust, payloads, parachutes, sensors and instrumentation, data acquisition and analysis, integration, and more. Students will engage in various hands-on activities to supplement the classroom lessons and launch a level one and level two HPR during the L2L experience. Students will also be given the opportunity to earn level one certification.
Student's Computer and/or Special Skills: Students will learn how to use rocket launch simulation programs and data analysis tools during the project.
Comments: Although this is NOT an internship, interested students MUST complete an internship application and submit it directly to this opportunity for consideration by April 20, 2015. This project requires at least one letter of recommendation from a teacher, faculty, or administrator in your major department. Please be sure to select "Both" for the desire session in your application. The internship application is found under the "My Applications" tab on your homepage. From there, click on "Internship". Then click on "General Information". Scroll all the way to the bottom to find the question "This application is for which session?" Your options are "Fall - 2015", "Year Long - 2015", and "Both". Select "Both". This is necessary for ease of processing and is not relevant to the dates of the project. Student Eligibility: - Must be a U.S. citizen by birth or naturalization - Must be enrolled full-time in a degree-granting program at a U.S. institution at the start of the opportunity - Must be an undergraduate and classified as a freshman or sophomore at the start of the opportunity - Must be majoring in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics or related field - Must be at least 18 years old at the start of the opportunit.