Students take on Aerospace Engineering in NEISD

Posted by Ashley Speller on 1/14/2020

When it comes to building model rockets, this Aerospace Engineering class knows how to get it done.

They’re part of the Engineering and Technologies Academy at Roosevelt High School, an innovative college prep magnet program specialized for kids who are interested in engineering and related technologies.

Morgan Lund is the engineering teacher at ETA.

“They really went in depth in their designs,” she said.

Lund teaches engineering math, engineering design, and presentation aerospace engineering on the campus.

“It’s really important for these kids, a lot of the reason they come to school is because of their engineering courses that they love,” Lund said.

She said her students are picking up skills that will help them in college and throughout their career.

“We do a lot of hands-on learning; they get to apply and think critically and put it into perspective. We do a lot of teamwork and they get to practice working with people that maybe they wouldn’t have picked to work with and collaborate in that way,” she added.

Fifteen-year-old Marlist Villegas Verschlyla is a sophomore in the class.

“You get a really good understanding of how it works, just piece by piece and what every individual thing does,” Villegas Verschlyla said.

She hopes to pursue a career in the Aerospace Engineering industry.

Lund challenges students to build, design, and even launch model rockets for competitions like The American Rocketry Challenge and The NASA Student Launch.

Fifteen-year-old Scott Murray is part of Lund’s afterschool Rocketry Club.

“We’re building a rocket for this Team America Rocket Challenge for our Rocketry Club. We have to make the rocket carry two eggs and they can’t break and then we have to launch it and it has to fly 800 feet and there are a few other specifications,” Murray said.

ETA is accessible and has something to offer everyone.

“I think engineering is for everyone. Frankly, even if you aren’t planning on having engineering as a career, the engineering classes teach a lot of things that are applicable to all careers,” Lund said.

Even as a sophomore, Murray said although he is not looking for a career in aerospace engineering, he said the class has been beneficial to him so that he can continue a loved hobby of his.

“I’m part of this class because I really enjoy building model rockets; I’ve been doing it since sixth grade at KSAT,” the sophomore said.

Ms. Lund said she enjoys seeing how much the students grow during their four years on campus.

“So many of them surpass me in knowledge so quickly and that’s my favorite. They know this better than I do and it’s awesome to see. 

To learn more about the Engineering & Technologies Academy, click here: https://www.neisd.net/eta

To learn more about KSAT, click here: https://www.neisd.net/ksat

Discover the NEISD way, where our educators help prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s technology.

Ashley Speller

aspell@neisd.net