INTRODUCING SPACE MISSIONS INTO THE CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM VIA CONSTRUCTION OF A CUBESAT PROTOTYPE
Freeport High School: Vincent Pereira, Victor Villatoro, Mia Sorrentino, Gilbert Rosario, Ethan Patterson, Yoendy Torres Almonte, Keyla Romero, June Cumento, David de la Llera, Lourdes Saunders, Jaileen Almonte, Melissa Bell, Jayden Easy, William Perry, Ryan Retzlaff, Cyler Witherspoon, Richard Johnson, Anthony Murray, Daniel Ciamaricone, Elodie Bourbon, Louis Inzerilli
Brookhaven National Laboratory: Dr. David Beirsach
Freeport High School is a finalist in the U.S. Department of Education’s CTE Mission: CubeSat, a national competition to bring space missions to high school students. Freeport received cash prizes, development kits and expert mentorship donated to the U. S. Department of Education by Arduino, Blue Origin, Chevron, EnduroSat, LEGO Education, Magnitude.io, MIT Media Lab Space Exploration Initiative, and XinaBox. Our CubeSat will contain an Arduino MKR WAN 1310 board, MKR GPS sensor, MKR MEM shield with a SD card, MKR IMU shield, and a lithium-polymer battery. The structure of the CubeSat was done by students in Industrial Drafting, CAD classes using AutoCAD, Sketchup, and a 3D printer. The CubeSat will be carried by a drone and its flight controlled by students in Video Media Production class. We will use this experience to teach a summer CubeSat class.