• Scott Netherland, Executive Director of SystemsGo, recognized the Fredericksburg High School engineering class of 2017 in recognition of their rocket’s flight at White Sands Missile Range last summer. Pictured are, from left, Colby Marthaller, Sterling Weatherford, Matthew Dulaney, Ian Kendrick, Hannah Boubel, Cody Pruett, Joseph Sanchez, Ricky Robles, Scott Netherland and Payton Carroll. — Submitted photo

Students earn achievement award from SystemsGo

SystemsGo presented an achievement award to last year’s senior students from Fredericksburg High School who participated in the Goddard-level rocket launch at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), New Mexico, on June 28.

SystemsGo is a high school rocketry and aeroscience curriculum that uses project-based learning to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The program helps to develop teamwork, problem-solving and leadership skills. SystemsGo encourages students to pursue careers in engineering industries.

The students spent their senior year in high school designing and building a rocket to carry a research payload to an altitude of 80,000-100,000 feet.

After launching their rocket at WSMR, the FHS students earned the Newton-level Award, which recognizes achievement for a flight from the surface up to 25,000 feet.

According to Scott F. Netherland, Executive Director of SystemsGo, who presented the award, the FHS student rocket earned this recognition for achieving all flight readiness review tasks, having a successful ignition and launch, and deploying its payload.

However, soon after launch, the rocket lost oxidizer flow from their liquid oxidizer tank and the rocket motor burned out before reaching their intended altitude.

SystemsGo sponsors the curriculum and the rocket launches.

Most of the students who returned for the banner presentation are currently in their freshman year of college and were home for the holidays.


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