CHS students in first Aerospace Institute
A partnership between the United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and Mitchell High School also proved beneficial to Coronado High engineering
students during the area's first-ever Aerospace Institute the week of June 2-6.
A total of 23 students from the two District 11 schools (14 from Coronado) received instruction on radiation, life support and space weather from three military representatives, while a fourth worked regularly with the class for four of the five days. The students also visited the Cheyenne Mountain Complex (formerly the home of NORAD), ran a networked mission simulation with District 11's Challenger Learning Center and received two college physics credits.
“This is the first time this has happened,” said Elaine Naleski of District 11. “NORTHCOM was really involved in it, to a major degree.”
Also contributing to the effort were the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Education Foundation and Project Lead The Way (PLTW). The SME foundation is seeking to address a potential national shortage of engineers; PLTW is a program available to students seeking enhanced engineering opportunities at Coronado and Mitchell.
The main teachers at the institute were Bryce McLean of Coronado and Mike Siegrist of Mitchell.
The two schools are the only ones in the district that offer aerospace engineering classes, McLean said. He added that the NORTHCOM partnership opportunity came to Mitchell in part because several of its students have parents who work at Peterson Air Force Base.
Peterson is the home of both NORTHCOM and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Their commander, General Victor Renuart, “has put emphasis on building up that partnership,” McLean said.
He added his hope that the institute could continue in future years.
Westside Pioneer/press release