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February 27, 2019
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Jasper Pena


Go For Launch! March 22-23 at Mesquite High School

Mesquite’s Aerospace Engineering Program is sponsoring a Space Camp here at Mesquite High School during the weekend March 23-24, 2019, called Go For Launch!  


What is “GO FOR LAUNCH!” you ask?

Go For Launch! is a 2-day program (8 hours each day) that uses Space Exploration as a platform to launch student involvement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), STEAM (Art), teamwork, communication, and leadership.  

Students are immersed in the wonder of Human Spaceflight through a variety of talks delivered by experts in the fields of space & STEM: such speakers have included an astronaut, former International Space Station (ISS) and Space Shuttle Flight Controllers, Astronaut Instructors, scientists, and engineers. Students get insight and feedback from experienced space and STEM professionals whose goals are to illustrate the numerous possibilities that exist in the world of STEM. A unique facet of Go For Launch! is that the students will work with an astronaut for the event

Broken into teams, students will work together for the entire event. Nearly every talk features collaborative activity, before or after, where team members must work together to complete tasks for daily awards. These tasks are designed to build leadership and teamwork skills, as well as enhance team communication. The culminating exercise is a design project. Each team must define and design a space experiment. At the conclusion of each program, the teams will present their ideas to a panel of judges from Space & STEM fields, who will then choose a winner from each Go For Launch! event. Depending on funding, the experiment will either launch, or it will be in competition with a handful of other projects from the same division and the division winner will have their experiment launched to the International Space Station.


Go for Launch! is open to all students 8-12th grade and could be the most influential thing your student can do as a high school student.  The experiment they design could very well end up helping pave the way for human colonization of Mars and beyond.  Never have students in this age group had such an ability to shape all of our futures.


Students from the Gilbert Go For Launch! won the national completion last year and their experiment flew aboard the International Space Station for 30 days.  

Because of their achievement, these students have been to Orlando to present their experience to 2000 teachers, to Wallop’s Island Virginia to watch their experiment launch to the ISS and have been featured in the news.

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Go for Launch! Video:


Here is a link for more information and to register:


Here is a link to a scholarship opportunity. Gilbert Education Foundation will pay for 1/2 of your tuition. 


Any questions? Please contact Mark Jordan at or (480) 632-4750.

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