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Young students learn about AOSS and CYGNSS through Xplore Camp

Posted: June 29, 2015

Young students learn about AOSS and CYGNSS through Xplore Camp

Students get a break from school in the summer, but that doesn’t mean they stop learning. Xplore Engineering Camp invites 4th-7th grade students to visit North Campus for two days each summer to learn about engineering.

At this year’s camp, AOSS hosted a workshop that taught students about rocket science by having them build and launch their own straw rockets. The students competed with each other to see whose rocket went the furthest.

The students also had the opportunity to go on a tour called “Storm Watch.” On the tour the students met the scientists who are leading the way in predicting how intense a hurricane will become when it reaches land. These scientists are working on CYGNSS (Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System), a NASA mission that aims to improve extreme weather prediction. Students also saw a life-size model of one of the eight micro-satellite observatories that CYGNSS will use to measure wind speed. Last but not least, they got to peek in at the Space Physics Research Laboratory (SPRL) to learn about the building and testing that goes in to preparing the micro-satellites for flight.

To view photos from the camp, please visit the Facebook page.

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