The AggieSat organization reaches out to educate and involve the local community. Members of AggieSat Lab compose various presentations to deliver to students from kindergarten all the way through twelfth grade. These presentations are geared towards educating the students about space and engineering in order to spark future interest in the field along with informing the students about the purpose of AggieSat Lab.
Outreach Program Highlights
AggieSat Lab participated in Camp SOAR on 21-26 July 2013 and again on 20-25 July 2014, offering multiple hands-on sessions/lab tours. Camp SOAR is a five day summer camp designed to expose upcoming high school juniors and seniors with an interest in Aerospace Engineering to the research and facilities at Texas A&M University's Department of Aerospace Engineering.
The Aerospace Engineering Department at Texas A&M hosted its first annual summer camp 22-27 July 2012 for 30 high school students. During Camp SOAR, the students worked on a variety of design projects and visited various labs. AggieSat Lab students hosted 2 hands-on sessions on Thursday 26 July at 9 am and at 12 pm.
College Station Middle School
On 11 May 2011, AggieSat Lab students were hosted by College Station Middle School for a lecture on "Living and Working in Space" for 7 class periods. Each period featured a half-hour presentation followed by question and answer periods. The talk itself covered the history of the space race, spacecraft, what it is like to live and work on the International Space Station, and what NASA is planning in the future. The middle-school students were all engaged and excited, and asked a wide array of questions. The 7th graders were especially inquisitive about life in orbit and the specifics of the physics behind getting to and from space. The teachers asked their students how they felt about going into space, and thoughtful discussions on the pros and cons of safety and engineering as well as the benefits of going to space resulted.
"I can not tell you how much we appreciate you coming to speak to our classes on Wednesday. We all commented on how much we as teachers learned and the kids are just alive with information. Being a guest speaker to a bunch of junior high students is no easy task but you guys nailed it! Thanks again for taking time out of your day and schedules to visit us. It really was incredible. Regards, Makala Gerland, College Station Middle School, 7th and 8th Grade Science"
On 14 May 2012, AggieSat Lab team members Hyder Hasan, Steven Anderson, Andrew Shell, and Andrew Tucker were invited to visit College Station Middle School. They talked to 6 different class periods about space exploration and answered student questions.
Our AggieSat students very much enjoy meeting and working with the community. Please contact us if you would like for us to visit your group or organization.
The Children's Museum of the Brazos Valley
On 25-29 July 2011, AggieSat Lab members conducted a Space Camp entitled "Universe Expedition" at the Brazos Valley Children's Museum. Children ages 4-10 will learn about stars, planets, rockets, satellites/experiments, and astronauts (what people have done in space).
AggieSat students volunteered to work the AggieSat Lab table at the Fall Fest at the Children's Museum of the Brazos Valley on Saturday 23 October 2010.
Houston Aggie Women
At the invitation of the Houston Aggie Women, on 28 March 2011, students Rebecca Sewell and John Graves traveled to the Tour 18 golf course in Humble TX to present on AggieSat2 and the Lab at a fundraiser sponsored by Reveille Club of Houston and Golfapalooza. The Lab is grateful for the sponsorship and support provided on behalf of our students. Lab members are available and excited to present on their work to interested organizations and community groups. Please contact us for more information.
AggieSat Lab team members talked about their experiences and opportunities for students at Aggieland Saturday, an annual campus-wide open house for prospective students and their families, on 19 February 2011.
The AggieSat2 team was invited to display hardware at NASA JSC’s “INNOVATION : 2010” on 28 April 2010. In the 1st picture are shown a quarter-scale conceptual design of AggieSat4, the 2nd mission in the LONESTAR campaign, the AggieSat2 engineering development unit (EDU), and a laptop with a slideshow. In the back are undergraduates Sarah Atkinson and Rebecca Sewell, graduate student John Graves, undergraduate student Harry Hernandez, Dr. Helen Reed and Joe Perez. In the 2nd picture, students speak to NASA dignitaries and personnel about LONESTAR.
Hudnall Planetarium - Public Astronomy Lecture Series
On 26 September 2009, at 7:00 p.m. CDT, a presentation was held by a member of AggieSat Lab at the Hudnall Planetarium, on Tyler Junior College campus, in Tyler, TX. This presentation was part of the planetarium's Public Astronomy Lecture Series which AggieSat Lab gave a presentation to over a year ago. Hudnall Planetarium is open to members of the general public with a small admission fee to support the Planetarium's on-going operations. If anyone, including groups, would like to attend and you live near Tyler, use these directions to attend the presentations at the Apache Rooms, located in the Rogers Student Center, on the Tyler Junior College campus. Our presentation lasted about 45 minutes and covered the opportunities AggieSat Lab provides undergraduate students for gaining expertise on engineering projects which test their knowledge and teach them new skills. Additionally a discussion of the effort which went into building and launching our satellite, AggieSat2, was given. Finally, we'll covered all the experiences we've gained as a result of operating a satellite in space, the issues we've encountered, and how students with the help of Amateur Radio Operators overcame those difficulties. Following the lecture, there was a short Question and Answer session for members of the public to ask any questions they had about AggieSat Lab, its satellite, or opportunities for students and the general public to get involved.
Boys and Girls Club of America
AggieSat Lab has also donated time to the Boys and Girls Club of America. Children from the organization took trips out to AggieSat Lab and spent their time getting tours and participating in activities planned on their behalf. The visiting students had the opportunity to learn about space flight from current AggieSat members and receive demonstrations of the experiments being planned for the lab's missions. Not only was the opportunity great for the children, but AggieSat team members benefited from the experience as well. The time spent with the Boys and Girls Club of America gave AggieSat members a chance to transfer some of their excitement about space to the next generation of engineers.
Hudnall Planetarium - Public Astronomy Lecture Series
AggieSat Lab sent a student to participate in the Public Astronomy Lecture Series located at the Hudnall Planetarium in Tyler, Texas. The last event occured on 26 April 2008, at 7:00p.m. on the Tyler Junior College campus. Our lecture consisted of presenting a 30 minute speech, given by a student, Hutson Betts, about AggieSat Lab and a discussion on how our projects advance space exploration and colonization. This discussion included an overview of AggieSat3's scientific mission, how that mission will be used by our Lab for later autonomous rendezvous and docking missions, and a brief description of the AggieSat2 mission and how it will be conducted. Following the lecture, there was a short Question and Answer session for members of the public to ask any questions they have about AggieSat Lab, its satellites, or how these missions will further NASA's space exploration initiative.
For additional information about the Planetarium, please visit their website at: Hudnall Planetarium
The Children's Museum of the Brazos Valley
AggieSat Lab in conjunction with the Children's Museum of the Brazos Valley conducted a space exhibit for visitors to the museum during the spring and summer of 2008. Between January and April, AggieSat Team members visited every second and fourth Friday for several hours to hold organized activities for visitors to the museum. Those visitors had the chance to take an inside look into the world of designing and building space satellites. Each visit consisted of hands-on activities and exciting learning material related to space and science subjects. Each activity was organized by students at AggieSat Lab during their available time and conducted by additional AggieSat students who were available on Fridays.
During the summer of 2008, one week was dedicated by the AggieSat Team to space and science education at the Children's Mueseum of the Brazos Valley. Over the course of a week students held presentations and activities for children that covered a wide range of materials including satellites, planets and rockets. They were able to build telescopes, recycled robots and there own hand made rockets.
Space Dayz and Cosmic Craze, Children's Museum of the Brazos Valley - 8-12 June 2009
During the week of June 8th, AggieSat Lab students held space camp activities for pre-K and young elementary school students at the Children's Mueseum of the Brazos Valley. Activities included various units on the planets, moon, mars, rockets, astronauts and stars. AggieSat Lab students helped Children's Mueseum of the Brazos Valley volunteers educate the kids on space topics with fun hands-on crafts, experiments, and team activities. The capstone of the week was a live model rocket launch for the kids, as well as an awards ceremony where these young astronauts were awarded Jr. Astronaut Wings. This program was successfully offered last year in partnership with the museum and AggieSat Lab had been looking forward to this year's events. The camp is designed to offer fun summer activities for the community and promote youth interest and awareness of space and engineering.