Pre-College STEM Outreach
This page covers several activities that fall under the umbrella of our Pre-College STEM Outreach program. Discussed below are
Engineer's Week, our Great Paper Airplane Contest, Yuri's Night, our Scholarship
the Section's Space Program, and the always-fun Water Rocket Launches. If
you would like to be involved in any of these programs, or if you have any
questions or comments about them, please contact our Pre-College
Outreach Director Linda Habash Krause.
Celebrate Engineer’s Week (E-Week) with us! Always held as an annual event
during the week in February that encompasses George Washington’s birthday, AIAA
organizes events to encourage engineering throughout the week that include
activities for students in K-12. Typically, our Great Paper Airplane Contest
is held during E-Week.
Great Paper Airplane Contest
Photo by Arloe Mayne
2015 Paper Airplane Contest
Each year the AIAA Student Branch at the University of Alabama in Huntsville
cosponsors with the Greater Huntsville Section an Annual Great Paper Airplane Contest.
Recently, the annual contest has been held at the UAH University
Center Exhibit Hall. Approximately 100 contestants of all ages
typically participate. There are five competition categories: time of flight, aerobatic,
distance, accuracy, and artistic, with five different age groups. Prizes are awarded to
the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each of the age groups. Also, each contestant receives
an official contest t-shirt. Join us for our extremely
popular annual Paper Airplane Contest, typically held the Friday of E-Week.
Photo by Arloe Mayne
Three, two, one, Launch!
AIAA participates in the family portion of Yuri’s Night Huntsville, held on or
around the anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s historic flight, by teaching kids (and
their parents!) who visit our table about human spaceflight, handing out space
themed goodies, assisting the kids in donning helmets and spacesuits, and acting
as the launch pad for a plethora of stomp rockets flying throughout the Davidson
Bob Sackheim Engineering & Science Scholarship
Photo by Arloe Mayne
Section Chair Brandon Stiltner
presenting a certificate to 2017 Sackheim Scholarship recipient Jason Farmer
The Annual AIAA Greater Huntsville Section Engineering
Scholarships have been awarded since 2002. The scholarships are intended to
promote careers in the aerospace industry by encouraging students to pursue
related engineering or science degrees. The scholarship is given in memory
of Bob Sackheim, a former AIAA Greater Huntsville Section Chair
and a strong advocate of education. Scholarship information and
applications are posted early-to-mid-Spring, and applications are due by April 30. To be eligible, a candidate must be a
high school senior living within the Greater Huntsville section area, entering
an accredited university in the Greater Huntsville Section area, and pursuing
an engineering or science degree that would reasonably lead to a career in
aeronautics or astronautics. The scholarships have been funded by contributions
and by the proceeds
of seminars and symposia that the Section has sponsored or cosponsored, and an
endowment has been established to aid in supporting these scholarships.
Greater Huntsville Section Space Program
A brand new collaborative
program within the Greater Huntsville Section, the Greater Huntsville Section
Space Program includes two projects – Kids in Space and High School to Orbit.
Our Kids in Space project is geared towards getting smaller experiments from the K-12 communities
flown to the edge of space in a pongsat. Anything from marshmallows to computers
can be flown in the pongsat. The Greater Huntsville Section’s goal is to work
with schools towards a goal of 300-500 pongsats launched each year. Our
High School to Orbit
project focuses on AIAA
members working with and mentoring a team of 5-6 high school students on their
path to designing a cubesat that will be launched and returned to the team for
review. The Greater Huntsville Section’s goal is to work with 2-3 teams each
year. Watch the AIAA site for more information about the Greater Huntsville
Section Space Program and about how to get involved!
Water Rocket Launches
Help us design a fun summer
activity for the kids during summer! We know that water and summer have always
gone together. What if we mix rockets in with that? Stay tuned as we develop
plans for our summer water rocket launch!