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SystemsGo New Mexico & New Mexico Tech

Click to view moreWednesday, December 12, 2019, was an eventful day as SystemsGo New Mexico, in collaboration with New Mexico Tech, held a successful Oberth Review. Before the panel of engineers reviewed the flight patterns from eight New Mexico high school rocket teams, New Mexico Tech faculty and students put on a showcase for nearly 70 SystemsGo NM students.

High school rocket teams from Lake Arthur, Hobbs, Lovington, Loving, Jal, and Hagerman presented their flight profiles, which are calculations and graphs showing the flight pattern of their future rockets. Engineers Dr. Michael Hargather, Dr. Curtis O’Malley, Dr. Mustafa Hassanalian, and Mr. Josh Edwards made up the reviewing panel and critiqued the profiles, checking for consistency and safety.

Dr. Hargather commended the students on the level of mathematical intelligence the students displayed while presenting. These students and students from six other New Mexico high schools will launch their rockets on April 16 and 17, 2019, in Jal, New Mexico. For more information, please contact Dave Willden at 575.748.6100.

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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

    SystemsGo New Mexico Inaugural Rocket Launch Success

    View more photos about the rocket launchThe SystemsGo 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 SystemsGo 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, SystemsGo 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.