On March 11th, we have the second in a series of meeting with engineers from Lockheed Martin. See below for details.
idea of this series is to start connecting teachers with industry
partners who are willing to embark on projects with your students.
These discussions are to introduce you with people at Lockheed Martin
who are wanting to work with educators and introduce your students to
the world of aerospace and engineering.
To get the most out of this, I would ask that you come prepared. Take a look at the job description below for the first presenter and have your students do a little research and come up with a few questions for you to ask during the session. If you then want to try and get together with one or more of the people that we introduce you too and connect them with your class for a session or two, we will work with you to get that organized.
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Janus Program Mechanical Lead, Deep Space Exploration
Janus is a pair of microsatellites traveling to two binary asteroid systems. This program is part of the new SIMPLEx class of missions funded by NASA and is a partnership between CU Boulder and Lockheed Martin Space.
SIMPLEx missions are basically rideshares on a much larger mission and are a unique overhead luggage-sized way to more quickly explore gaps in knowledge of our solar system. They come with their own unique challenges.
Typically, when I come to schools, I use my most recent missions to talk about ‘what’s new in space exploration’. Depending the particular teacher/audience, I tailor to whatever the class happens to be learning: space, weather, engineering, materials science, space environments, physics, and spacecraft subsystems and build. I have taught from Kindergarten to High School including virtual Skype classrooms as far away as the state of Washington.
Eventually, with the small satellite tools that are available to universities, I would like to bring my deep space mission experience to a small satellite workshop that can be adapted to different classroom ages. My goal, coming from a rural school in Idaho, is to help students have a dream, face adversity, and to see that it can be achievable in real life.