We’re On a Mission

As part of our mission, we are always looking for ways to increase STEM literacy and connect students to current CU science. We are fortunate enough to be able to utilize CU Boulder’s scientific resources, facilities and expertise to excite students about STEM, expose them to a variety of STEM careers and professionals, and inspire a future generation of scientists and engineers. Our goal with every camp experience is to create a harmonic convergence of all branches of our mission. This week’s Aerodynamics of Flight camp is doing just that.

Plett gives instruction on how to properly launch a student’s aircraft creation.

High school teacher and camp instructor, Plett Gerardy has spent many summers with Science Discovery, sharing her love for things that fly and blast-off with campers of all ages. As a teacher of chemistry, physics and math, she clearly demonstrates a passion for STEM education. Assisting her this week is teaching assistant (and future Air Force pilot!) Thomas Konnert—a senior majoring in aerospace engineering. Campers are spending the week gleaning knowledge from two STEM academics—one on the collegiate leg of his journey and one inspiring others in a STEM career (I mean, how many teachers do you know who have their own Facebook Fan Club?!). Students are enjoying touring CU’s Aerospace Engineering department while learning about the trials and tribulations of designing aircrafts.

Thomas uses his expertise to explain the effect of launch angle on flight distance.  

When asked to reflect on his summer with Science Discovery, Thomas stated, “It feels great to be able to teach and inspire kids who will be our future engineers and scientists.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

A camper carefully adjusts the wings of her aircraft.

 

Waiting is the hardest part! Once the wings have been applied, the glue must dry.