The Notre Dame Rocketry Team competes in the annual NASA Student Launch Competition. Through the design process, we provide experiences that enhance our engineering education and give members a chance to participate in hands-on projects that mirror real engineering projects. We also aim to share our knowledge, enthusiasm, and passion for rocketry with the community through our ongoing commitment to educational outreach projects with elementary, middle and high school students. Our team is made up of students from all years and various majors. This year at the NASA Student Launch Competition our team won the Altitude Award for hitting the target altitude the closest out of over 40 collegiate teams.
The money donated to the Notre Dame Rocketry Team will be used to purchase high quality materials such as carbon fiber body tubing and high quality sensors. The sensors enable the rocket to perform more complex experimental payloads during flight and analyze post flight data. We also will use the donations to purchase materials for our STEM Outreach program. This year these events have included marshmallow "moon landers" and small model rocket launches. We hope to expand our program to reach a larger group of students.
Each year we aim to improve our rocket's design. The funds from ND Day enable the team to purchase more robust materials and higher quality electronics. We also are expanding our educational outreach program and hope to provide a meaningful STEM experience to even more local students.