Monthly Archives: April 2013

NASA SLI Launch with Presidio Team

Guest Blogger: Dr. John Chandler, TTU T-STEM Center Co-Director

Fred Schneider and I just returned from another NASA Student Launch Initiative launch with the Presidio Rocket team at Marshall Space Center in Huntsville, Ala. To get there they had to be in the top 100 teams nationally to compete in the fly-off in Virginia for the Team America Rocketry Challenge, and then be in the top 20 scoring teams in the TARC nationals. This is the 5th team Presidio has had in the top 20 teams nationally, and the TTU T-STEM Center has had up to 5 teams that we mentor & support in the top 20 teams nationally.

Paul Holmes with the National Association of Rocketry and Tripoli Rocketry conducts a pre-flight inspection.
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John Chandler (foreground) and Fred Schneider (background) with the Presidio rocket team in sombreros – Gwynelle Condino, Lois Obrero, and Jillianne Franco.

The Presidio rocket team with their rocket: Ana Karen Nieto, Itza Rodriguez, Gwynelle Condino, Jillianne Franco, Lois Obrero, and Jose Alan Galindo.
the team

Shella Condino, Homer Hickam, and Adelina Portillo. Shella and Adelina teach at Presidio. Homer Hickam is author of Rocket Boys: A Memoir, which was made into the movie, October Sky. In front of the group is Aerrielle Condino.
homer hickam teachers

The team’s booth: Biochemical Analysis of the Effect of Changes in Acceleration, Pressure, Humidity, and Temperature to Capsicum Chinense Habanero Chili.
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You can also read a great article about the team at “Presidio team 2013”.


New Deal ISD’s Engineering Fair

New Deal ISD had it’s first Engineering Fair last week on April 11. Students used tri-fold boards as backdrops for their explanation of engineering projects. I walked around and talked to many of the students. They were excited about their projects and were able to discuss them intelligently. I was very impressed with the knowledge they acquired and told several people that I only wish I had had this kind of experience when I was in school. I hope preparing for this Engineering Fair convinces students to become involved in STEM, but, even if their interests lie elsewhere, they will be able to use this knowledge and these experiences all their lives. I can’t wait until next year’s fair…I plan to be there with bells on!

Pulley Systems

Winch Efficiency

Infographic: The Value of a STEM Education | Edutopia

I love infographics because they pack a lot of information in a small, visual space.

Infographic: The Value of a STEM Education | Edutopia.