We are U of L students promoting Math and Engineering in Kentucky and competing in the USLI rocket competition.
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We are University of Louisville's team competing in the NASA University Student Launch Initiative (USLI) team: UofL USLI. That's a mouthful, right?
Simply, we are a group of UofL students from the sciences and engineering who have gotten together for two reasons: to show young minds across Kentucky why science and engineering are so exciting and to build a rocket for USLI. Obviously these goals are not mutually exclusive, we are leading by example and by educational outreach.
USLI is a prestigious rocket competition organized by NASA that attracts top universities from all across the United States including MIT, Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech and dozens more. The goal of the competition is to challenge university students to design, build and launch a reusable rocket including an original scientific and engineering payload. Our team will engage in novel scientific research and real-world engineering design while interacting directly with NASA engineers.
U of L USLI is the only team from Kentucky to be accepted into the competition this year. We are representing our great state alongside the top science and engineering schools across the nation. And we have a unique opportunity to foster interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) in communities across Kentucky.
In addition to the design and launch of our rocket, the competition is a great way to reach out to many middle school-aged students through educational engagement activities. We'll be fostering interest in STEM through outreach involving hands-on demonstrations of real world engineering applications, rocket building seminars and live rocket launches.
Our team is made up of the most dedicated and engaged engineering students at U of L. We bring a huge level of interest and ability to the table but, as students, we lack the financial resources required to enable the greatest success possible both in the planned outreach and the competition. We have put over a thousand man-hours of hard work into this project so far. And this is just the beginning.
3D model of full-scale rocket
More info about us at UofLUSLI.com
More info about the competition at http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/descriptions/University_Student_Launch_Initiative.html
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $1,500 goal
seconds to go
Dec 16, 2011 - Jan 31, 2012
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- Freedom 7 - You have our deepest thanks. Be sure to check out our webpage and blog for the latest updates on what your contribution has made possible.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
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- Sputnik - Have something you'd like to say? We’d love to reward you by sending your message (up to 140 characters) 5,280 ft up into the earth’s atmosphere.Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
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- Albert I - If you allow us, we will include your name permanently on our website in recognition of your pioneering help. You will also be invited to our Sponsor Video Conference where we will present to you our final design and answer any questions you may have. (All rewards of greater value will also include this recognition)Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
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- Laika - We'll give you one of our custom vinyl stickers featuring our circular emblem that go great on cars, laptops, and even other rockets!Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
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- Gemini 5 - Your reward is our one-of-a-kind Science Board. These printed circuit boards will travel in our rocket measuring solar and UV irradiance, temperature, pressure and humidity many times a second. They are custom-built by the team for this project. The science boards make great memorabilia or even keychains. Each features our U of L USLI logo and 'Designed in Kentucky' label.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
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- Saturn V - We have incorporated our team logos into a competition T-shirt that will be worn by all team members at team events (school programs, expos and launches) and finally at the competition. This same T-shirt is your reward for such an important contribution.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
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- Apollo 11 - We have designed a custom embroidered polo featuring our miniature logo. This is a great way to show support for our team in a professional setting.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
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- John Glenn Jr - We have a packed spring schedule: several test launches, trips to many schools across the community, U of L’s Engineering Expo, and 4 days at NASA during launch week. For your generous contribution we’re offering logo or ad space (5" x5") on our competition rocket as well as a place on our expo banner and on our website.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
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- Dr. Sally Ride - We’re going to give you all the items we have: our competition T-shirt, our professional polo, 2 of our vinyl logos, and our science board. This is along with the opportunity to send a message to the sky, put your name on our webpage and participate in the Sponsor Video Conference. This includes everything mentioned above except logo or ad space.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
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- Project Orion - You really are amazing. We’re going to give you absolutely everything we offer: Ad or logo space on our rocket, webpage and expo banner, our competition T-shirt, our professional polo, 2 of our vinyl logos, and our science board. This is along with the opportunity to send a message to the sky and put your name on our webpage.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012