SLS Outreach Thrusts Curiosity from Classroom to Launch Pad
NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) will enable unprecedented crewed exploration of the solar system, extending our reach farther from Earth than ever before possible. But the inspiration to build vehicles and launch rockets begins in the classroom. Boeing SLS operations lead, Rick Navarro, visited Puerto Rico last week to share his passion for all things math and science, and encourage future aerospace careers. He is an expert mentor for multiple student launch development and design challenge participants on the island.
While Navarro corresponds with students throughout the year from NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, he had the opportunity to meet the teams in person for the first time last week at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR). Specifically, he will work with NASA Student Launch project Dynamic Aerospace Rocketry Team (DART), reviewing their progress in preparation for a test launch.
“Nothing teaches like hands-on experience, especially in the field of engineering and science. You have to bring it to life,” Navarro said. “This is one of the most important things we do. We need to get the next wave of designers and engineers interested in what we do to carry things forward.”