Outreach

Members of the McKeon Group participate in a range of outreach and public communication events, both through GALCIT and externally.

2020


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Caltech Science Journey

Salvador Gomez presented a Caltech Science Journey, entitled “Fluid Dynamics: from Disturbances to Turbulence” . This program reaches an audience aimed at 8th grade and above.


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PCC Connection

Several group members participated in online physics and engineering classes at Pasadena Community College, discussing careers in engineering and research, and giving technical demos.


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Caltech/Base 11 Aerospace Mentorship Program

Despite the Safer-at-Home orders, we completed online versions of the academic year and summer AMP.


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TRiO STEAM Summit

Dory, Jacque and Miles participated in the Rutgers University Newark CPP TRiO STEAM Summit, discussing acoustics, the Bernoulli equation and lift from an airfoil, as well as what inspired them to become engineers.


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Turbulent Flow is MORE Awesome Than Laminar Flow

Our lab featured on the Veritasium channel in an item entitled Turbulent Flow is MORE Awesome Than Laminar Flow . We agree!


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A Place Called Home for their Journey

Salvador visited The Journey Group, an after school program for underprivileged high schoolers in the South LA area at A Place Called Home . This is a safe space where young students can talk about their problems, ambitions, and goals in a supportive environment. In Journey, the students can volunteer in their community, try new things, and hear from local role models. Salvador talked to the students about his experiences growing up in a similar background and being an underrepresented student in higher education, explaining how these experiences formed decisions in the journey from high school to graduate school.


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Genius Girls Gathering (Mackintosh Academy, Littleton, CO)

Jane attended the 2020 Genius Girls Gathering and led a workshop entitled “Up, up and away!”.


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St. Catherine’s, Bramley

Let Us Go On… to Aerospace Engineering at St. Catherine’s, Bramley. Prof. McKeon spoke to pupils and parents at her old school in the UK.


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Science Night at Blair Middle School

Salvador represented the group at Caltech’s Club Latino event at Blair Middle School, giving a bilingual English/Spanish demonstration of Bernoulli’s equation and the formation of vortex rings.

2019


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Caltech/Base 11 Aerospace Mentorship Program (Summer)

We extended our summer program to five students this year, all of whom successfully completed a diverse set of projects under the guidance of GALCIT researchers.

Further description of the program and opportunities for engagement can be found on this poster.


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Caltech/Base 11 Aerospace Mentorship Program (AMP)

We wrapped up our third academic year AMP program!

The Caltech/Base 11 Aerospace Mentorship Program (AMP) brings community college students who are under-served in STEM to Caltech for both academic year and summer research programs.


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Caltech Space Challenge

Simon Toedtli was one of the co-organizers of the 2019 Caltech Space Challenge, a week-long space mission design competition held at Caltech in late March 2019. 32 undergraduate and graduate students from all around the world met at Caltech, split into two teams and worked for one week under the mentorship of experts from industry, NASA and academia to develop a space mission from scratch to final proposal. The topic of this year's Challenge was to develop a robotic mission to probe the habitability of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus, one of the most fascinating bodies in our solar system whose global subsurface ocean may have just the right conditions to harbor life. Both teams developed strong mission proposals and presented them at the end of the week to the public and a jury of experts. The teams' final presentations and a series of public lectures held during the Challenge week are available online. For more information about the event visit the website or have a look at the press articles about the 2019 Challenge (Caltech Magazine, Medium, Pasadena Now).


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Science for March

Arslan Ahmed, Morgan Hooper, Angeliki Laskari and Kevin Rosenberg had a lot of fun at the 2019 Science for March event at Caltech!


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Girls in Science and Design/Genius Girls (Mackintosh Academy, Littleton, CO)

Angeliki Laskari returned to Mackintosh Academy in Littleton, CO, for the annual Girls in Science and Design/Genius Girls events in February.


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AeroDynamic Women on Twitter

Prof. McKeon contribute to the AeroDynamic Women Twitter conversation .


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Reverse Engineering (Muir High School, Pasadena)

Arslan Ahmed and David Huynh went to Muir High School for a Reverse Engineering session. Thanks to Kitty Cahalan from the Caltech Center for Teaching, Learning and Outreach for the pictures.

2018


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Science for March

Members from the McKeon group participated in the Science for March event at Caltech on March 31. Members of the group prepared and discussed a poster on the beauty of fluid mechanics. Graduate student David Huynh gave a Ted-style talk entitled "You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to think like one".


Caltech/Base 11 Aerospace Mentorship Program (AMP)

The Caltech/Base 11 Aerospace Mentorship Program (AMP) brings community college students who are under-served in STEM to Caltech for both academic year and summer research programs.

GALCIT’s partnership with Base 11 appeared in a New York Times Higher Education section story on innovative skills gap-bridging programs.

David Huynh gave a TED-style talk on mentoring and opportunities in aerospace as part of the Caltech/Base 11 AMP program.


Caltech Space Challenge

The Caltech Space Challenge brings 32 talented and highly-motivated undergraduate and graduate students to the Caltech campus to participate in a week-long space mission design competition. The participants are split into two teams and both teams work under the mentorship of experts from industry, NASA and academia to design their mission concept from scratch to final proposal. The Challenge is a unique opportunity for young and enthusiastic students to build technical and teamwork skills, interact with world-renowned experts in space exploration and connect to like-minded peers from all around the world. The event is organized under the leadership of two GALCIT graduate students and happens every other year, with the next edition taking place end of March 2019.


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El Caltech Visit

In July, Angeliki Laskari, David Huynh, Maysam Shamai and Morgan Hooper gave a lab tour and demonstration to a group of 25 senior high-school students participating in the Engineering Innovation enrichment program at Pasadena City College. Engineering Innovation is a summer program for motivated high school students with an aptitude in math and science and an interest in (or curiosity about) engineering. This program has been available to high school students since 2006. In the program, students learn to think and problem-solve like engineers and have the opportunity to earn Johns Hopkins University (JHU) credit.