We had a short city council meeting tonight but I got to recognize a passionate OCS teacher and her students for getting an out-of-this-world opportunity!
OHS CTE/STEM Students Advance in National CubeSat Challenge
Dr. Neighbors and I recognized Mrs. Brenda Howell, Kyler Mitchell and the rest of the class for their advancement in the CubeSat Challenge. CubeSat is a national challenge to build technical skills for careers in space and beyond. The U.S. Department of Education invited high schools across the country to bring space missions to students by designing and building CubeSat prototypes. 94 high school teams submitted proposals and only 5 were picked as finalists. Opelika High School is one of the five finalists and will be working in collaboration with Columbus High School in Columbus, Georgia to complete the mission. Opelika High School CTE/STEM students will have the primary responsibility of building the CubeSat and its subsystems. Columbus High School will lead the payload and launch efforts. In Spring of 2021 OHS will launch the CubeSat on a high altitude weather balloon to collect the necessary performance data to advance the TRL of these untested magnetometer cores. I wish them luck and can't wait to hear about their experience!