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Rocket Team Soars Again at NI Week

For its innovative and efficient application of National Instruments products, the William States Lee College of Engineering’s Rocket Team won a chance to travel to Austin, Texas, to present at the 20th annual NIWeek. Out of 3,250 student projects submitted from 25 countries for the Student Design Competition, National Instruments selected the 49er team as one of three finalists.

NIWeek is National Instruments’ annual international conference that brings together the brightest minds in engineering and science to learn about the latest technology to accelerate productivity for software-defined systems in test, measurement and control.

The Rocket Team is part of the UNC Charlotte 49er Rocketry Club, which for the past four years has produced a senior design project and competed nationally in NASA’s University Student Launch Initiative. Focusing on an innovative idea for solid rocket motor thrust modulation, the 2013-2014 team won the Best Vehicle Design award at the NASA launch competition. The team then went on to win its prestigious selection as one of NI’s Student Design Competition finalists. Click here to learn more about this remarkable achievement.

Classes Begin at Charlotte Engineering Early College

Classes get under way Monday, Aug. 25, at the new Charlotte Engineering Early College, located in the shadow of EPIC. It is the first of its kind for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS). The inaugural class of 100 ninth-graders from across Mecklenburg County will delve into a curriculum that focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) courses, with a special emphasis on energy and engineering.

The young students who comprise the first class at Charlotte Engineering Early College will spend three years on high school courses followed by two more years of college course work at no charge. Program leaders envision the school as a blueprint for the future of STEM education in the region, state and perhaps even the nation. High on the list of goals is to discover ways to bring in more female students, minorities and first-generation college students.