Field Trip to KSC

The Launch STEM Carers project took the DeLaura Middle School students and their Satellite High mentors to the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) on February 27. At the Astronaut Memorial Foundation education facility, the girls engaged in programming a sphero to move along five different points on a Mars map. Afterwards, they visited the Shuttle Atlantis facility and rode the Shuttle Launch Experience. Then, the girls experienced the 3D IMAX movie Journey to Space.

As a treat for being such outstanding mentors, the high school girls, who are members of the Science Research Group at Satellite High, toured some of the Kennedy Space Center Research areas. They were shown some of the research that NASA is doing as part of future exploration to the Moon and to Mars. All of the girls at both DeLaura and Satellite had an amazing time!

Women in STEM Networking Event 2019

In partnership with the Florida Tech Society of Women Engineers, Launch STEM Careers hosted “Women in STEM Networking” on February 19, 2019, at FIT. STEM majors and Local women in STEM professions discussed a variety of workplace and career topics.

We want to thank all the companies represented at the event: Alstom Transport, ASRC, Blue Origin, Boeing, Collins Aerospace, Embraer, FIT, General Electric, Harris Corporation, Jacobs, Lockheed Martin, NASA, Northrop Grumman, Sun Nuclear, Thales, and the University of Florida (PhD students). We also want to give a special thanks to all of our attendees; you helped to make the event a tremendous success! Thank you!

LSC and FIT Are Partnering to Bring the FIT Science Bus to Participating Elementary and Middle Schools!

Launch STEM Careers (LSC) project is proud to announce that we are partnering with the Florida Institute of Technology’s (FIT) Ocean Engineering Department beginning with the 2018–2019 school year! FIT will conduct one visit at each of the elementary and middle schools participating in LSC. Professor Kelli Hunsucker, who is also the academic advisor to the FIT Launch STEM Careers Club, is our point of contact for the partnership.

FIT’s Science Bus allows for traveling hands-on learning activities that can take place on land and/or in the water. The Science Bus is equipped with microscopes, computers, water quality sampling units, handheld spectrometers to measure nitrate and phosphate, a water proof drone, a meteorological station, plankton nets, and seine nets. During visits by the FIT Science Bus, students will be engaged in a series of activities that focus on local and global ocean topics, such as: density and how it varies throughout the ocean; changes in salinity based on the environment; sediment transport and distribution along the coast; phytoplankton and zooplankton communities; and the importance of filter feeding organisms in the Indian River Lagoon.

LSC Featured in the NASA Alumni League Florida Chapter Newsletter

Roselle Hanson, one of LSC’s project leaders and founders, authored an article entitled “Launch STEM Careers (LSC)—Reaching Out to Local Students.” It is being featured in the NASA Alumni League Florida Chapter’s (NALFL) Special June Membership Drive Edition of it’s newsletter. To read Ms. Hanson’s article and other NALFL news, check out the newsletter at the link below!

NALFL Newsletter: Special June Membership Drive Edition

Congratulations to Ms. Qunitcey Parrish!

Photo courtesy of Newsroom: Florida Tech’s Official News Source.

We are so proud of Ms. Quintcey Parrish, a member of the Launch STEM Careers (LSC) team that led her senior design team at the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) in winning the 2018 Florida-Wide Student Engineering Design Invitational!

Qunitcey has been actively involved in the LSC project as a School Liaison and Lead at University Park Elementary. Since 2016, Ms. Parrish has led a group of FIT science, technology, engineering, and math female students in conducting hands-on STEM activities with girls in grades 4–6. Quintcey is a senior in Mechanical Engineering who will graduate with a B.S. Mechanical Engineering and STEM Education. Please read about Quintcey, her team, and their amazing accomplishment in the link below!

Florida Tech Project Takes Top Prize at Statewide Design Showcase