Monday, October 01, 2012

News Brief

SEPTEMBER 28, 2012


Media Contacts
Paula Green, Citrus College Office of External Relations, 626-914-8873
Stacy Armstrong, Citrus College Office of External Relations, 626-857-4082

Citrus College Students Selected to Participate in NASA Rocketry Competition

Six Citrus College students will travel to Huntsville, Alabama in April 2013 to compete against students from 35 colleges and universities across the U.S. in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Student Launch Projects (SLP) program.  The students and college officials learned of the selection on September 27.

Citrus College’s team, the “Rocket Owls,” have the distinction of being the only California community college selected for the competition and, along with California Polytechnic University, Pomona and University of California, Davis, is one of three California institutions of higher learning that will compete in the SLP program.  Additional colleges and universities that were selected include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Northwestern University and Purdue University.

The April competition requires the Rocket Owls to design, build and successfully launch a rocket one mile into the atmosphere.  The rocket is required to carry at least one scientific or engineering payload.  In preparation for the April event, the students are required to build and maintain a website where all project documentation will be housed and maintained, as well as take three exams administered by NASA engineers via teleconference.  The students must also outreach to local school districts and communities to raise awareness of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and career opportunities.