New generation of 'Rocket Boys' and 'Rocket Girls' find inspiration for learning
by building, launching rockets
Like a scene from the movie “October Sky” and the book that inspired
it “Rocket Boys” young people involved in NASA program
are turning their dreams into realities at a famous rocket site.
High school and college students have designed and built rockets
and science payloads; they’re launching them into the southern skies
over Huntsville, Ala., home to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center
and a historic site of U.S. rocketry work.
Students from Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, the University
of Alabama in Huntsville and three area high schools are participating
in the Student Launch Initiative, with NASA engineers serving as
The Initiative aims at motivating students to pursue careers in
science, math, engineering while giving them practical, hands-on
aerospace experience. Ultimate goal: strengthen future U.S. workforce
in critical fields.
Next milestone: college division rocket launch, Dec. 1, 2000