LASP education and outreach team work to create additional programming based on the current needs and research interests of LASP scientists. Below is a summary of our current programs.
Junior Aerospace Engineering Program
The Junior Aerospace Engineering Program is a NASA-funded educational program being held during the summers of 2014, 2016, and 2018.
This project, led by LASP, with support from NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), introduces underserved and underrepresented Colorado students to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education and careers. During the course of the program, students ranging in age from elementary through high school, are given an overview of basic physics, the lunar and space environment, and research conducted at the CU-Boulder Institute for Modeling Plasma, Atmospheres and Cosmic Dust (IMPACT). These topics will serve as a foundation for the students as they learn how to design, build, and program their own rovers and rockets.
A cohort of students will join us every-other summer as they graduate from elementary to middle to high school. The camp is based on our very successful pilot program, conducted in the summer of 2012, which taught ten underserved/underrepresented students from the Denver area how to work in small teams to program and operate a robotic rover.