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LETU Engineering faculty to review New Diana student rockets

LETU Engineering faculty to review New Diana student rockets
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New Diana High School science teacher Shawn Warden has 17 junior and senior students in her Rocket Class, who will also tour the LETU campus following their presentation. Warden teaches Physics, Robotics, and Rocketry at New Diana High School. She led her students last year in a mile-high rocket project. This year, the students are building a 19-mile rocket that they plan to take to White Sands Ariz., where the U.S. Army will shoot it off into space.

The event will take place at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Glaske Engineering Building on the LETU campus.

“We are in the process of building a 19-mile high rocket,” Warden said. “We will have to go to White Sands, N.M., for the U.S. Army to launch our rocket this summer. My kids have to do everything.” Warden said LETU engineering professor and former NASA astronaut Dr. Byron Lichtenberg has visited her class to encourage the students, and that LETU alumnus Jeff Hamilton is an engineer on the school board who is mentoring students in the class. Warden said her students’ design for the rocket passed NASA design specifications. It will weigh over 300 pounds and stand between 18 and 23 feet tall, with an eight-inch diameter.

Warden is among only 10 teachers in the world who are certified to teach the 100,000 feet rocket project, following her attending a special training. The student project was to design, construct and launch a rocket 100,000 feet (19 miles) into the atmosphere in May 2014. New Diana is one of only seven schools approved by NASA to launch a rocket of this potential, she said. Her students in the program recently met with NASA engineers to review initial calculations and obtain approval for the rocket concept.   

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