WASHINGTON — U.S. university faculty and students are invited to a
weeklong workshop to learn how to build and launch a scientific
experiment into space. NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia is
hosting the RockOn! 2010 workshop June 19-24 in partnership with the
Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortia. Registrations for the
2010 workshop are being accepted through March 22.
The hands-on workshop teaches participants to build experiments that
fly on sounding rockets. During the week, participants will work
together in teams of three to construct and integrate a sounding
rocket payload from a kit in four days. On the fifth day of the
workshop, June 24, their experiments will fly on a NASA Terrier-Orion
sounding rocket expected to reach an altitude of 73 miles.
Each experiment will provide valuable scientific data, analyzed as
part of the student led science and engineering research. The program
engages faculty and students in science, technology, engineering and
mathematics skills critical to NASA’s future engineering, scientific,
and technical missions.
Approximately 100 faculty and students participated each year in the
2008 and 2009 workshops. All experiments have been successful,
completed on time, launched and recovered.
NASA initiated the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program
in 1989. The Space Grant national network includes more than 850
affiliates from universities, colleges, industry, museums, science
centers, and state and local agencies. The goal is to support and
enhance science and engineering education, and research and public
outreach efforts for NASA’s aeronautics and space projects. These
affiliates belong to one of 52 consortia in all 50 states, the
District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
For more information about RockOn! and to register online, visit:
For more information about NASA education programs, visit:
The Sounding Rockets Program Office at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility
will be providing the rocket and launch operations during the
workshop. For more information about NASA’s sounding rocket program,