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These programs are designed to education students, teachers, future engineering professionals, and others members of the community in many areas of science and engineering

Reach for the Sky: White Earth Reservation

Physics and engineering programs at the Circle of Life School on the White Earth Reservation. University graduate students and staff visit the Reservation four days each month to help teach high school youth hand-on, real world physics and math skills.

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Senior Design Class

The AEM Design Class has an outreach project in which students go into the off-campus community to tell (primarily K-12) young people about aerospace and the exciting professional career opportunities it can provide. Students make presentations describing their design projects. This class project has two goals: make our students aware that they have a lifetime professional responsibility to educate the community and make young people aware of the exciting things that are happening in aerospace.

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Minnesota Space Grant Consortium

The institutions of higher learning in the MnSGC range from a large public research university to tribal community colleges. The diversity of these various institutions is mirrored in the diversity of projects supported by the Consortium. MnSGC supports scholarships and fellowships for graduate and undergratuate students enrolled at its affiliates, undergraduate and graduate research, pre-college activities and training of pre-service and in-service teachers, development of innovative programs in higher education, and public outreach.

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AEM Mentor Connection

The Mentor Connection is sponsored by the Intermediate School District 917 in Rosemount, Minnesota. They locate gifted high school students in the metropolitan area and put them in contact with professionals in the students area of interest.

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Reaching Out to the Community Through Classroom Instruction

Baseball Flight Trajectories A course titled "Baseball Flight Trajectories" was offered Spring Semester 2003 by Professor Ivan Marusic. The course was motivated by a Star Tribune (see full story article at:http://www.startribune.com/stories/509/4008558.html or Star Tribune Article) investigation into the alleged effect the Metrodome ventilation fan duct flows can have on the distance a baseball can travel. Eleven students were accepted in the course, including 5 seniors and 6 juniors. The students were required to design and build a baseball launching device capable of launching a baseball a distance of over 500ft with high repeatability. Two devices were built including a trebuchet and an air-pressurized canon. The air-canon proved to be superior, and was used on two days of testing in the Metrodome. Amongst other things, the students also conducted wind tunnel experiments to parameterize the duct flow characteristics, and wrote computer programs to simulate the flight of baseballs interacting with turbulent jet flows

See also Undergraduate Student, Ryan Nordell Interview on Baseball Class Project With WCCO Radio -- MP3 File(Play time 5.54 minutes)