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Systems Go New Mexico

2018 Systems Go New Mexico Launch

3….2….1…..Blast off! 

It is rocket time again in New Mexico. Systems Go New Mexico will host its 2nd annual rocket launch on Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Jal, New Mexico. There will be rocket teams from Hagerman, Jal, Loving, Hobbs, Lovington, and Lake Arthur. There will 18 rockets launched throughout the day starting at 8:30 a.m. We encourage the public  to attend and witness the success of the students’ hard work over the school year. We do require tickets for launch site access, but registration is free.

Pre-register online, or register at the site on the day of the launch. A map to the site and a schedule of events is available below.

Systems Go Oberth Review

Systems Go had its first Oberth review on Thursday, December 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the Artesia Public Schools administration building and training center, located at 301 Bulldog Blvd, Artesia, NM. Now in its second year, Systems Go New Mexico will have some rocket teams launching transonic rockets at April's launch in Jal. Since the students design the rockets to travel at the speed of sound, professionals must review and approve the designs before the teams can begin building the rockets (for safety purposes.) Engineers from NASA, New Mexico Tech, and NMSU reviewed the rocket designs. If the engineers approve the designs, students can then go back to class and start the building process. Students will then have until April 21, 2018, to complete their rocket and get it ready to launch. 

For more information regarding Systems Go New Mexico, please contact Dave Willden at the Pecos Valley REC 8 at (575) 748.6100.

Students Present Rocket Flight Profile

When was the last time you attended a class where the students, teachers, and administrators were this interested at 7:30 at night? Our Aerospace Engineering II students, along with students from Lake Arthur and Loving, presented their flight profile for a rocket that they are designing that will go the speed of sound. The students created the flight profile entirely in Excel and presented the profile to a panel of engineers. The panel included David Roybal, civil engineer from Pettigrew; Marc Lumeyer, electrical engineer from Virgin Galactic; and led by Chris Madsen, aerospace engineer from NASA.

Photo courtesy of Michael Dodson, Lovington Systems, Go NM

    Systems Go New Mexico Inaugural Rocket Launch Success

    View more photos about the rocket launchThe Systems Go New Mexico inaugural rocket launch was a huge success. Nearly 600 spectators came out to the Jal launch site to take part in the program’s first launch and to support the students that engineered the rockets.  

    Ten rockets checked in and nine cleared safety regulations at stage two. All nine rockets made it down to the Discovery Education launch pad, and all nine rockets took flight. Jal’s high school team was the first to launch their rocket. The excitement from the kids and the crowd was unexplainable.  

    Together teachers, students, principals, and superintendents shared in the enjoyment and success of seeing their school’s rocket fly high into the air.  

    Next year’s launch date is set to be on April 21, 2018. 

    If you are interested in bringing this program to your school, please contact Dave Willden at 575.748.6100. 

    This IS Rocket Science!

    In August, five students from Lake Arthur High began an endeavor to become rocket scientists via the Systems Go New Mexico Rocket Program. Students learned scientific techniques, technological application, engineering practices, and mathematical skills (STEM). Culminating in an understanding, the Jet Propulsion Lab at NASA would be proud of.  

    We encourage you to read this article in its entirety by Mr. Steve Goluska. He is the Systems Go teacher for Lake Arthur.

    Mission Statement

    “To enhance education for better workforce development; and to ignite tomorrow’s innovators while developing the most valued engineering and manufacturing workforce to compete in the global market.” 

    Program Intent 

    Improve education in America by inspiring students, teachers, and administrators within the present educational system. Motivate and equip high school students to develop 21st century skills and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. 

    Program Description 

    A four-year, sequenced, STEM curricula that meets Career and Tech Ed (CTE) course TEKS and HB-5 requirements and receives CTE funding. Curricula covers introductions to the R&D industry and innovation; mechanical drafting/CAD for working drawings capture; and applied physics of main energy systems - mechanical, electrical, thermal, fluid - through design, build, and test projects. 

    Educational Approach 

    • Learning primarily through application, not memorization.
    • Project-based teaching that engages all types of learners. 
    • Knowledge and skills are reinforced and expanded through increasingly complex project goals.
    • The possibility of project failure, and its analysis if it occurs, is part of the learning experience.
    • Life skill development in problem-solving, critical thinking, cognitive reasoning, project management, team work, leadership, and R&D skills and innovation are incorporated.

    Aerospace Career Fair Expo 2016

    On October 6, 2016, at the Holloman Air Force Base, Systems Go New Mexico participated in the 2016 Aerospace Career Fair Expo put on by the New Mexico Aviation Aerospace Association. The career fair hosted middle school and high school students from the Las Cruces, Alamogordo, Ruidoso, and Cloudcroft areas. Congressman Steve Pearce spoke at the beginning of the career fair encouraging students to go into the professions of aviation and aerospace.