UMass Rocket Team 2017-2018
The UMass Rocket Team aims to take on NASA’s challenging Student Launch Initiative (SLI). The SLI provides an opportunity for undergraduates in engineering to gain knowledge of and hands-on experience with high powered rocketry. In accordance with the NASA SLI Guidelines, the team will design, build, and launch a high-powered rocket bearing various data-collecting payloads to simulate a NASA mission. Successful SLI teams travel to Huntsville, AL in April 2018 to launch and compete with other teams based on NASA’s scoring guidelines. An important goal of the project is to stimulate interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields by engaging local schools with interactive and educational activities. The project is entirely reliant on funding from outside sources, and what funds the university can provide. Costs for the project most notably include hardware and travel expenses. The emergence of the SLI program at UMass provides a unique opportunity to expand technical knowledge in the fields of electrical, mechanical, and aerospace engineering for present and future students. Students involved gain valuable skills with leadership, analytical work, hands-on work, and team-based learning. Your support will propel us to success!
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