(editor’s note: Mr. Dietrich is the author of the following blog post, and your intrepid blog author simply edited it for formatting.)
Update: TARC (Team America Rocketry Challenge)
MVGS Middletown will have two TARC teams registered for this year’s challenge. Team Alpha has finished with the Rocksim Software, and they have decided on their rocket’s characteristics. This includes: fin shape and size, nose cone shape, cargo bay, and engine size. The team will hopefully begin preliminary test launches within the next several weeks. Team Bravo has been introduced to the Rocksim and are currently designing their competition rocket. Every member has been very influential during each PAL group session. I look forward to their final products.
Update: Health and Nutrition
During the last PAL group session, students were fortunate to have a nutritional expert from Valley Health visit. During the next session, students will spend time studying with an expert in Yoga.
Update: STK Seminar
Today’s seminar using the AGI STK software involve using the modules: “Where Is the Space Station, Now?” and “Can I Detect a Rum Runner in Route from Havana to Cape Canaveral?” Students have to set many different parameters incorporating satellites, radar, locations, time, and several other factors in order to set the module in 2D/3D motion. Today we learned that after the seminar is complete and students have had much practice, that they will be able to enroll for certification in order to become an official AGI Rocket Scientist. Students will have 30 days to complete the test for certification and if they have enough correct answers, they will qualify. In addition to receiving a certificate, they will receive a polo shirt signifying that they have reached AGI Rocket Scientist status. VERY COOL!