CHS blasts off to NASA

Airplanes in the Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center, located in Chantilly, VA. Photo courtesy Hank Hultman

On April 23, students from the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Aerospace and Engineering classes left for a three-day field trip to visit the NASA headquarters in Washington, DC. Around 20 students of all grades went with advisors Jeffrey Arthurs and Caroline Morais, PLTW teachers.

“This NASA trip will be such a great experience. We will see how the things we are supposed to learn every day are applied to the real world and how actual engineers teach us,” said Hudson Magee, senior.

For several weeks, PLTW students have been preparing for the special trip by creating their own rockets and learning models and programs similar to the software used at NASA.

   On Tuesday, students got to visit the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). Along with looking at various spaceships and machines used during past explorations, students got to meet with John Mather; Mather is a famous astrophysicist and recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize for his discoveries related to the Cosmic Background Explorer Satellite (COBE.) He is now the current senior astrophysicist at GSFC.

Along with visiting NASA headquarters, students visited the National Gallery of Art, the National Archives Museum and toured various historical attractions around Washington.

“My favorite part of the trip was walking around the aerospace museum and seeing the Discovery, it was such a fun field trip,” said Cici Lounes, junior.

Included below are student photos from the field trip.

Seniors Hank Hultman (left) and Noah Friedman (right) pose in front of a space shuttle at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo courtesy Hank Hultman
Senior Josh Coyne (far right) next to Nobel Prize winner and astrophysicist John Mather (center). Photo courtesy Josh Coyne
Students view a map of sea surface temperature at the Goddard Space Center. Photo courtesy Hank Hultman
Students viewed the aircraft Discovery at the Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo courtesy Hank Hultman
Olivia, sophomore staff writer, enjoys listening to throwback music from the 2000s, eating ice cream, and taking long walks on the beach.
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