The Academic Innovation Dept. is piloting two satellite programs: StellarXplorers and CubeSat. The StellarXplorers program is pilot project with the USAF and the BISD AFJROTC. StellarXplorers inspires and attracts high school students to pursue studies and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through a challenging, space system design competition involving all aspects of system development and operation with a spacecraft/payload focus. Semi-finalists receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the finals at the AFA in Colorado.
NASA’s CubeSat Launch initiative (CSLI) provides students in grade levels K-12 the opportunity to build a nanosatellite and compete to have it launched into space. Hajek Elementary School students will participate in BISD’s pilot CubeSat program whereby they will design, construct, and test their nanosatellite, applying the same skills that they use in their robotics competitions. This inquiry based learning activity will offer students real-world engineering opportunities and a chance to develop the second CubeSat built by elementary school students to be deployed into space. These students will submit a proposal for launch during the 2017-18 school year in partnership with the BISD AFJROTC StellarXplorers Team, and MIT’s Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics, led by Dr. Kerri Cahoy, Ph.D.