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Systems Go New Mexico

Watch the Launch Live

Make sure to tune in for the Systems Go launch live on April 27. You can watch the launch on the Discovery Education Facebook page! You won't want to miss this exciting event.

Systems Go New Mexico Summer Teacher Training

Systems Go teacher training for the upcoming school year will begin on July 10, 2017, at the Hobbs Municipal School Training Center. This training is required for your school to be able to participate in the Systems Go New Mexico program. Deadline to register is on June 29, 2017. Please see the training schedule and payment information below.

  • July 10- 14, 2017 - Tsiolkovsky Level Training (11th grade class) 
  • July 14, 2017 - Concepts of Engineering Technology Training (9th grade class)
  • July 14-16, 2017 - Oberth Level Training (12th grade class)

The training will begin each day at 8:00 a.m. and run until 5:00 p.m. at:

  • Hobbs Municipal School Training Center
    2110 East Sanger Street
    Hobbs, NM 88240

The Tsiolkovsky Level Training (11th grade class) is $1,500 and includes the 9th grade training. The Oberth Level Training price will be different, and is only open to 2nd year Systems Go Teachers. 

If you have any questions or need to register, please call David Willden at (575) 626.0408 or contact Naira Mendoza at (575) 748.6100 or via e-mail.

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. 

Inaugural Launch Reception

We invite you to our Inaugural Launch Reception on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Baymont Inn and Suites.

We strongly encourage you to register at our Inaugural Launch Reception Registration page. For more information, please contact Dave Willden at (575) 748.6100.

Systems Go New Mexico Inaugural Launch

Systems Go New Mexico is happy to announce the program’s first rocket launch will be Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Jal, New Mexico. Ten rocket teams from Loving, Lake Arthur, Hobbs, Lovington, Jal, and Carlsbad will begin checking in their rockets at 7:00 a.m. at the Jal Firehouse Station at Stage 1 and then it is on to Stage 2 for their Flight Readiness Review. After the teams have successfully passed Stage 2, they will be transported to actual launch site on the Woolworth Trust Property in the surround Jal area, where in Stage 3 students prepare their rockets for takeoff.

This is where the real fun begins! Spectators will be able to enjoy food from local vendors and watch the rockets, carrying a 1lb payload, launch high into the air trying to reach the target goal of 1 mile. Teams will be awarded a Tsiolkovsky Gold, Silver, Bronze, or Oberth Platinum Award based on the altitude the rocket reached.

The event is open to the public and registration is free. Pre-registration is required and can be done online at

For questions or concerns please contact David 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.