The University of Texas at San Antonio TRIO’s Educational Talent Search Program collaborated with the university’s Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES) student organization to host the 1st Annual Solid Fuel Rocket Launch and Competition the week of June 17 – 20, 2014. High school students participating in the summer program designed, built and launched solid fuel rockets with the assistance of UTSA Engineering students from MAES.
“The Mexican American Engineers and Scientists does a lot of community outreach, on and off campus, to try to promote STEM, and this is just one of the many events that they host here on campus,” said Manuel Maldonado, program manger with the Office of P-20 Initiatives and the MAES on-campus advisor. “These students are great!”
High school students from Holmes High School, Jay High School, Southside High School, Uvalde High School, and Crystal City High School who participated in this week’s camp learned about rocketry, design and how to build their own rockets on the computer according to their own personal specifications. They also simulated their flight on the computer, and launched their rockets on June 20, 2014 in the East campus parking lot of the UTSA.
To view photos from the rocket launch, click here.