High school and middle school students prepare to launch their own rockets Friday,
Aug. 1 as part of the T-STEM engineering camp.
Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No – it’s a rocket, launched from
the campus of Texas Tech University.
The T-STEM Center
invites the public to bring their lawn chairs at 2 p.m. Friday (Aug. 1) to Urbanovsky
Park (just east of the United Spirit Arena) to watch high school and middle school
students showcase and launch rockets built during a week-long engineering camp. The
camp sessions are taking place all week in the United Spirit Arena.
The T-STEM (Texas-Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Center received a $123,000
grant to fund the camp under a joint initiative by the Texas Workforce Commission
and the Higher Education Coordinating Board, aimed at motivating students in STEM
“The Texas Workforce Commission has given our T-STEM Center an important opportunity
to develop much-needed summer programs for students and to sustain proven models
already thriving at Texas Tech,” said Dean Fontenot, managing director of the center.
John Chandler, co-director of the center, knows too, that the camp helps college-bound
students be more prepared in particular subjects.
“We look forward to expanding our efforts to ensure that Texas students are college-ready
and prepared for careers in tomorrow’s increasingly technology-driven economy,” Chandler
The camp challenges students to sharpen their math, science and technology skills
as they discover engineering, while building and launching high-flying rockets. Sixty
campers, ages 14-19, will investigate the physics that affect the stability of their
rockets and learn the mathematics needed to predict how high and fast they will go.
The students will acquire engineering skills by designing a series of rockets that
get more sophisticated as each design challenge gets more complicated. To test their
designs, they will learn to use simulation software, altimeters and other technologies
that engineers use. They also will participate in related activities throughout the
week, including a Star Party at the Moody Planetarium.