In the last three weeks, students participated in exciting, new activities in addition to re-familiarizing themselves with the the lab equipment, using the design thinking cycle, and preparing for the year ahead.
With the help of NASA engineer William Van Dalsem (Deputy Director, Aeronautics Directorate), tenth graders had the opportunity to visit NASA’s Ames Research Center; they got rare behind-the-scenes tours of their fluid mechanics lab, unitary wind tunnel, the “Space Shop” (NASA’s maker space), and the primary machine shop.
While the tenth graders got to tour NASA, eighth graders built their own computers and customized games on Minecraft with the help of Piper kits. CEO Mark Pavlyukovskyy of Piper and other upper management also spoke with students about running a startup. SLI and Piper are exploring future opportunities for students to work as Junior Developers at Piper.