SystemsGo is for high school students grades 9-12
SystemsGo offers a four-year sequenced STEM curriculum that fulfills course requirements in CTE Engineering Pathways and Programs of Study.
All levels are designed to provide knowledge of the R&D industry and its fundamentals, promote application of students’ R&D knowledge base, and develop work and life skills within students.
Introduction to Engineering
Introduction to Engineering is a full-year curriculum designed to promote a student’s understanding of innovation, the R&D industry, and workforce/life skills such as problem-solving, design, development, testing and analysis, leadership, and teamwork. Students utilize the industry approved Research Design and Development Loop (RD&D Loop) to develop solutions to specific problems within a variety of engineering disciplines.
The AutoCAD course is designed to introduce students to the field of mechanical drafting. The course teaches basic manual drawing skills and methods as well as serving as an introduction to Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) using AutoCAD Mechanical.
Students master problem solving skills while working within the four main energy systems: mechanical, fluid, electrical and thermal. In addition, students are introduced to and sharpen workforce/life skills such as teamwork, critical thinking, problem-solving, design and development, testing and analysis, documentation, and others. The culminating project of the second semester is to utilize the RD&D Loop to design and build a rocket with the following criteria: rocket on the pad by the scheduled date, flight performance that gets a 1.0-lb research package to an altitude of 5,280-ft with close proximity, intact recovery.
The increased rigor of the course is evident in the student development of a mathematical flight profile for a transonic rocket using Excel. Students then present the flight profile to either NASA flight engineers or other engineering professionals justifying and explaining all mathematical concepts and equations. Students then use the RD&D Loop to design and develop a rocket with the following success criteria: rocket on the pad by scheduled date, flight performance to achieve transonic velocity with close proximity, intact recovery while staying under a 13,000-ft ceiling.
Application of the student’s knowledge base and the furthered development of life and work skills, cognitive reasoning, critical thinking, problem solving, design and development, testing and analysis, documentation, and teamwork and leadership.
The students, or project team, develop a comprehensive mathematical flight profile to present to NASA flight engineers. Following the flight profile review and approval, the RD&D Loop is used to design and build all components of a vehicle to take a scientific payload 80-100K-ft. These vehicles are launched with support of the U.S. Army at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) in New Mexico.