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Cpt. Garrett’s Letter

Greetings from Captain Garrett,


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Carl E. “Gene” Garrett, JrThank you for your interest in the SystemsGo program.
  SystemsGo is an innovative hands-on high school science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) set of courses that uses project-based training to stimulate workplace skills in design, development, testing, analysis, critical thinking, cognitive reasoning, problem solving and innovation.  I am attaching information for your convenience and a quick explanation overview below.

The first attachment (Why SystemsGo) answers the questions:  1) What is SystemsGo?  2) Why should I have SystemsGo in my school?  3) How does SystemsGo work in the classroom?  4) Do I have to be a rocket scientist to teach SystemsGo?  5) Who supports SystemsGo?  6) Who is using SystemsGo?  7) What are the results of integrating SystemsGo?   8) What are industry, government, and education leaders saying about SystemsGo?

The second attachment (Freshman Level Synopsis – S&S) is the synopsis and scope and sequence for the Freshman level course in Concepts of Engineering and Technology (CoET).

The third attachment (Sophomore Level Synopsis – S&S) is the synopsis and scope and sequence for the Sophomore level course in Engineering Design and Presentation (EDP).  This course is an articulated credit with an industry user certification availability.

The fourth attachment (Junior Level Synopsis – S&S) is the synopsis and scope and sequence for the Junior level course in Scientific Research and Design (SRD) Tsiolkovsky/Oberth.  This course guides students to design, develop, test, and analyze professional-grade, free flight sounding rockets for research applications.  The Tsiolkovsky students design and test vehicles to loft a one-pound payload to an apogee of one mile.   The Oberth students attempt transonic flight.  Both vehicles are launched at a SystemsGo launch range.

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The fifth attachment (Senior Level Synopsis – S&S) is the synopsis and scope and sequence for the Senior level course in Engineering Design and Problem Solving (EDPS) Oberth/Goddard.  The Oberth students attempt transonic flight at a SystemsGo launch range and the Goddard students design and develop a vehicle capable of lofting a 35-pound payload to 80,000 to 100,000 feet at a federal government test range.

The sixth attachment (STEM Endorsement) is the information on how our program provides STEM endorsement in Texas schools, including Career and Tech Education (CTE) course, TEKS and HB-5 requirements plus CTE funding.

The seventh attachment (SystemsGo Costs) provides the information on the annual costs to support the program.   The breakdown includes start-up/classroom equipment costs, training costs, and annual license and consumable costs.  SystemsGo provides training at all levels for your teachers.  This training stays with the teacher.   As a non-profit corporation, SystemsGo is funded via the annual license fees and tax deductible grants.

Most of our current schools have started their program at the Junior level with the Tsiolkovsky vehicles and followed the next year with the Senior level Oberth vehicles.   We currently have only nine schools participating at the Senior Goddard level.   There is a considerable cost increase to participate at the Goddard level and the test launches occur in the summer after graduation at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.  Recently, most of our new schools have started at the Freshman and Junior level and then added the Sophomore and Senior level Oberth the second year.

The eighth attachment (How to Sign Up) is information on how to join this innovative and exciting program and reserve your training spot.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have.   You can call the office (830) 997-3567 or send an email to info@systemsgo.org.  We look forward to you becoming a part of the SystemsGo family!