Engaging Maine High Schoolers in Cube Satellite Development

Lanba, Asheesh. University of Southern Maine, October 9, 2020, "USM Voices: Engaging Maine high schoolers in Cube Satellite development."

Despite trying times with the current pandemic, science must go on. On Saturday, Sept. 26th, the University of Southern Maine kicked off a series of workshops intended to engage Maine high school students in Cube Satellite development.
CubeSats are small research satellites that are made up of multiples of 10 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm, that have ushered in a new era of space research, allowing high-schools and universities to participate in this one very niche field. The workshop had prestigious speakers that included an award-winning educator, engineers work at NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), a commercial CubeSat kit company and USM faculty.
The first workshop drew praise from John Kraljic, who teaches engineering technology at Falmouth High School.

“This workshop far exceeded our expectations and is going to be extremely useful for our students going forward,” Kraljic said.

This workshop series has been made possible by a $2.8 million NASA grant titled “Maine NASA STEM Engagement FY 2020-2024" awarded to the Maine Space Grant Consortium. This funding supports efforts to create a premiere USM facility and programs for developing CubeSats for Maine. We are also looking to reach out and partner with any interested K-12 schools, especially high schools.

The first workshop saw attendees from Falmouth High School and Fryeburg Academy, and they gathered at 8 a.m. at the Portland Campus’s Maker Innovation Studio (MIST), which is part of Michael E. Dubyak Center for Digital Science and Innovation. The modern equipment at the Dubyak Center, overseen by So Young Han, makes MIST an ideal location for these workshops. So Young has also implemented rigorous social distancing policies in place, and has equipped the space with plexiglass windows for student separation along with stringent wipe-down policies.

The workshop was kicked off by a zoom talk by Bishop O’Connell High School in Virginia. The talk was led by Melissa Pore, an award-winning educator who has mentored the launching of STMSat-1, the first CubeSat completely built by elementary school students. A few students who worked on the project also spoke about their work and experience, providing the
Maine students with some crucial insights into CubeSat research and development.

The students were then given a talk about Space Mission Planning by Garrett Skrobot, a NASA engineer and mission manager who has 50+ launches under his belt. He gave the students a brief history space research in the US, and told them about his journey to becoming an engineer at NASA, so that students can learn from his experience to get to similar positions in their STEM careers.
He started off the talk by informing the attendees that the CubeSat box design actually came from the packaging of a Beanie Baby, a popular toy amongst children. He then briefed the students on the various aspects of mission planning, so that they can do the same with their own mission initiatives.

Space Technologist Warren Ziegler invited Andrew Klesh, a celebrity amongst space enthusiasts and a NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) scientist, to talk about the MarCo CubeSat, for which he was the Chief Engineer. The MarCo satellites are the first CubeSats on Mars, and the two satellites have been nicknamed WALL-E and EVE after characters in a Pixar film. The satellites were able to take stunning images of areas of Mars that have never been imaged before, and also perform some simple experiments in radio science. The attendees were transfixed by Andrew’s presentation as he is a gifted speaker full of very useful information for the high-school students.

The students also got to play with CubeSat kits from Xinabox. Company representatives Judi Sandrock and Bjarke Gotfredsen led talks and student exercises on their XK01 kits, which were handed out to all the students group. These kits give the students easy-to-use chip sets that can be used to create a weather station device that can collect a wide range of environmental data. The chipsets with additional components in the upcoming workshops will give the students the equipment they need to assemble a functioning CubeSat that can be launched into orbits.

Warren Ziegler, who helped organize the event and is the mentor for the students from Fryeburg Academy’s Space Raiders club, started brainstorming ideas to use the kits in potential balloon launches or drones to conduct environmental experiments in Maine.

USM’s faculty also gave the students the only in-person talks and assignments (what is a lesson without homework?). I gave the students a talk on Engineering Design, and the students are expected to come up with a critical design report of their mission ideas by the next workshop.

Ashanthi Maxworth, assistant professor of Electrical Engineering, gave a fascinating talk about space environments for CubeSats, and the students had her answer a bunch of questions pertinent to their projects. Scott Eaton, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering who also is the lead organizer for the event, gave a talk on project management, and had the students assign roles on their respective engineering teams. Finally, Daniel Martinez, who has worked at NASA, ended the workshop with a presentation on mission planning. Daniel is setting up a CubeSat assembly and testing space (CATsat) at USM.

The high school teams are working on their own CubeSat projects, and are also working towards doing a balloon launch in collaboration with USM. Next year, the USM team plans to have a bigger and longer time period for the workshops, with more high-school teams participating.

“The talks and information given to the students puts them much further along the path that they are own for their CubeSat missions” said Andrew Njaa, a physics and science teacher at Falmouth High School. “The students also told us that they had a lot of fun and learned new useful things for their CubeSat projects.”

Upcoming workshops will have more speakers from the space research industry, and the faculty at USM will provide the students with presentations on a variety of topics that include Computer-Aided Design (CAD), systems engineering, orbital mechanics, etc.
Back

List of 20 news stories.

  • Fryeburg Academy Fall 2023-24 Honors/High Honors Roll Recipients Named

    We are pleased to announce the following students who have earned academic recognition at Fryeburg Academy for the Fall of 2023-24:

    HONORS
    Grade 12: (Honors)
    Charlotte Adamus
    Vittoria Bernardini
    Natalie Berry
    Dom Bond
    Jordin Booker
    Owen Burford
    Tori Butters
    Jilyan Byrne
    Lorenzo Catana Vallemani
    Jonah Densmore
    Vitoria Do Espirito Santo Teixeira
    Elle Dooley
    Austin Dorner
    Deniz Eroglu
    Manu Fandos Martinez
    Aidan Flanigan
    Amber Gagnon
    Mia Grandchamp
    Gal Hanan
    Emily Hoosier
    Noah Jacobs
    Emma Keaten
    David Kim
    Joey Kim
    Kardelen Lacinok
    Helena Landry
    Margherita Lassini
    Leo Lee
    Celine Lee
    Ana Maillett
    Moss Marques
    Caroline Masterman
    Asher McKenney
    Ryan Meade
    Natalia Millan Arenas
    Mina Milosevic
    Tommy Morini
    Tasia Nason
    Rachel Pizzo
    Grace Porcaro
    Abby Pratt
    Ashe Rabideau
    Winter Raymond
    Dustin Rhoda
    Gideon Richard
    Leah Rokes
    Margherita Rossi
    Gunnar Saunders
    Louie Shin
    Lamar Smith
    Hunter Tripp
    Tanner Tripp
    Gabby Udoto
    Logan Walton
    Kara Willette
    Connor Williams
    Mary Wing
    Kevin Zhou
    Read More
  • Academy Students Earn Silver and Bronze at the National FFA Convention

    From October 31 through November 3, five members of the Academy's FFA Chapter (Future Farmers of America) and faculty member Jennifer Solter Jones attended the National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis, Indiana. 
    Read More
  • FA's Falls Sports Assembly Honors Student-Athletes

    On Thursday, November 16th, Fryeburg Academy celebrated the fall sports season with its annual fall sports awards assembly held in the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center. The following student-athletes were recognized for their outstanding performance during the fall 2023-24 season:
     
    Read More
  • 55th Head of School, Joseph Manning, addresses the Fryeburg Academy community during his Installation Ceremony on Friday, November 3rd.

    Joseph R. Manning Installed as the Academy's 55th Head of School

    Fryeburg Academy and the Board of Trustees announce the installation of Joseph R. Manning as the Academy’s 55th head of school. The Installation Ceremony was held on Friday, November 3, 2023, with members of the Fryeburg Academy community, the Board of Trustees, and former head of school Erin P. Mayo in attendance as a guest speaker. Manning steps into this new leadership role during the school’s 232nd year, following a long-tenured and successful career at the Academy spanning twenty years of service. 
    Read More
  • Seniors Jiwon Choi and Tyler Bartick dislpay their Merit Scholar Letter of Commendation with Head of School Joseph Manning at the all-school assembly.

    FA Students Earn Letters of Commendation in the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program

    Fryeburg Academy seniors Tyler Bartick and Jiwon Choi have earned Letters of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSC) for their performance on the 2022 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).
    Read More
  • May Shin '23 (middle) holds the finalist award certificate to compete at the international science fair in May with her partner Jiwon Choi '24.

    Fryeburg Academy Students Place 1st and 2nd at the Maine State Science Fair

    Fryeburg Academy is pleased to announce that three Academy students were recognized for their outstanding science projects on Saturday, April 1st, at the Maine State Science Fair held at the University of Maine Orno.  May Shin ‘23 and Jiwon Choi ‘24 took first place in the Plant Sciences (Growth & Development) category out of ten submissions with their project entitled “The Effects of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi and Mushroom Substrate on the Plant Growth and Soil Characteristics for PE Microplastics-Contaminated Soil.” The pair studied the effects of arbuscular mycorrhizae and mushroom substrate on plant growth in soils that are contaminated with microplastics.
    Read More
  • James St. Pierre

    FA Faculty Member Named as DOE’s Inaugural Class of Teacher Leader Fellows

    Fryeburg Academy is pleased to announce that faculty member James St. Pierre was among five Maine educators named to the prestigious Department of Education’s Inaugural Class of Teacher Leader Fellows. “Being a teacher leader means connecting and helping others connect. It means gathering the ideas and experiences of the teachers in the state and sharing them in manageable, practical, and efficient ways. We have such a great array of professionals whose knowledge can elevate all students, so to be one of the leaders bringing them together is a privilege,” says St. Pierre
    Read More
  • FA's Model UN Attends MUN Conference in New York

    FA's Model UN Team took its second-ever trip to New York City and the National High School MUN conference from March 9-13. The conference was held at the Midtown Manhattan Hilton blocks from the UN building. As representatives of Germany this year, our team was given the unique opportunity to visit the German Mission to the UN, where German diplomat, Hoger, answered our questions about global trade, green energy, and Russia's war on Ukraine. We also spent Saturday morning in the General Assembly of the UN seats, an unforgettable moment, listening to a young Iraqi-American man talk about his struggle to identify with both his birth home and his adopted home.
    Read More
  • Fryeburg Academy Announces 28 New Inductees to the B.W. Tinker Chapter of the National Honor Society

    We are pleased to announce that Fryeburg Academy inducted 28 new inductees to the B.W. Tinker Chapter of the National  Honor Society on Monday, March 20th. Membership in the National Honor Society is among the highest honors that can be awarded to a high school student. The B.W. Tinker Chapter of NHS works diligently to bring the accomplishments of outstanding students to the attention of parents, teachers, peers, and the community. And the chapter, along with the more than 15,000 chapters in schools across the nation, strive to give practical meaning to the Society's standards of scholarship, leadership, service, and character selection. Students are not inducted simply because of a high academic average, but rather recognized for excelling in all of these areas.
    Read More
  • 3-Star Jacket Recipients (earned three varsity letters)

    Winter Sports Assembly Awards 2023

    On Thursday, March 16th, Fryeburg Academy celebrated the sports season with its annual winter sports awards assembly held in the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center. The following student-athletes were recognized for their outstanding performance during the winter 2022-23 season:

    Individual Team Awards
    Alpine- Sam Winterbottom '23, Coaches Award
    Clara Yager '26, Most Improved
    Hogan Bemis '23, Coaches Award
    Joshua Wake '23, Most Improved

    Boy's Basketball- Camden Johnson, Coaches Award
    Gunnar Saunders '24, MVP

    Girls' Basketball -Sydney Shaw, MVP
    Carla Pintor Gali '24, Coaches Award

    Ice Hockey- Peyton McMurtray, Adversity Award
    Caleb Micklon '23, MVP

    Indoor Track -Zack Emery, Coaches Award
    Emily Chaine '24, Coaches Award

    Nordic- Owen Reinbach '25, Coaches Award

    Wrestling- Gabe McKenney '23, The Athlete
    Eliya Deri '24, Heart

    All-Academic Team (seniors with a GPA of 3.2 or higher)
    David Bellis-Bennett, Alpine
    Kacey-Jane Clark, Nordic
    Owen Galligan, Ice Hockey
    Myles Garland, Ice Hockey
    Andrew Irwin, Nordic
    Elsie Leonard, Alpine
    Gabe McKenney, Wrestling
    Caleb Micklon, Ice Hockey
    Grace Murley, Alpine
    Ally Southwick, Girls' Basketball
    Isaac Twombly-Wiser, Nordic
    Samantha Winterbottom, Alpine

    All-WMC Conference Athletes
    Gunnar Saunders '23, Boys' Basketball
    Sydney Shaw '24, Girls' Basketball
    Mina Milosevic '24, Girls' Basketball
    Hogan Bemis '23, Alpine
    Holden Edenbach '25, Alpine
    Chandler Thorne '25, Alpine
    Jacob Adams '23, Indoor Track and Field

    3-Star Jacket Recipients (earned three varsity letters)
    Corbin Blake'23
    Elsie Leonard'23
    Emerson Hall '24
    Sydney Shaw '24
    Russell Carbonaro '25
    Jagger Helwig '25
    Chandler Thorne '25
  •  Team captain Yeo Bondar ‘23 and Chloe Sartory ‘23 hold their first-place banner and Robotics Skills Award.

    FA Robotics Earns Spot at the VEX World Championships

    Fryeburg Academy is pleased to announce that its robotics team named 20005B "Free Cheese" earned a coveted spot at the VEX World Championships, which will be held in Dallas, Texas, on April 25-27th.
    Read More
  • FA Becomes the First FFA Chapter Member in Western Maine

    Fryeburg Academy is pleased to announce it has joined the National Future Farmers of America Organization (FFA) as an initiative to grow its agricultural programming. “After several months of research, it was important to me to bring FFA to Fryeburg because it will open up more opportunities for our students involved in agriculture education here,” says Jennifer Solter-Jones, FA’s science instructor and school farm manager. “Whether it be through leadership development, new learning opportunities, or a chance to serve our community, this organization directly ties in with what we are trying to do with our program, so it is a natural fit to have our own chapter.”

    Read More
  • FA Announces Fall 2022-23 Semester I Honor/High Honor Roll

    We are pleased to announce students who have earned the academic distinction of Honors and High Honors for Semester I in the fall of 2022-23:

    Grade 9-Honors
    Allain, Alexander
    Artigau Aleu, Francesc
    Barnaby, Tucker
    Bellamy, Kiley
    Bowen, Adger
    Boyd, Cody
    Brown, Jordan
    Canfield, Tyler
    Clement, Megan
    Drew, Dilen
    Drew, George
    Eveleth, Jacob
    Guthro, Thomas
    Han, Holym
    Hayes, Jared
    Iacozili, Merrik
    Kubichko, Jaxson
    Madrazo Zertuche, Eduardo
    Massey, Richard
    McBride, Rylan
    Meier, Andrew
    Mitchell, Gaige
    Moser, Kaelan
    Patino Aguayo, Jeronimo
    Pierce, Noah
    Santos, Sharis
    Snow, Caleb
    Spofford, Connor
    Spofford, Haley
    Twigg-Smith, William



     
    Read More
  • All-Conference Team     

    FA's Fall Sports Assembly Honors Student-Athletes

    On Wednesday, November 16th, Fryeburg Academy celebrated the fall sports season with its annual fall sports awards assembly held in the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center. The following student-athletes were recognized for their outstanding performance during the fall 2022-23 season:
    Read More
  • Joseph R. Manning

    Joseph R. Manning Appointed as Fryeburg Academy’s Next Head of School

    FRYEBURG, ME, OCTOBER 26, 2022— Fryeburg Academy’s Board of Trustees is very pleased and excited to announce that Joseph R. Manning has been appointed as the Academy’s next Head of School. The Trustees' unanimous decision resulted from a rigorous search process by the Board’s Search Committee, which worked closely with internationally renowned search firm Carney Sandoe and Associates, based in Boston, Massachusetts. The Committee and consultants conducted a stakeholder survey, met on campus with over sixty stakeholder groups, authored a report on the next Head of School’s necessary traits, and engaged with Manning through extensive interviews. 

    Read More
  • Erin P. Mayo Appointed as Next Head of School at Doane Academy

    The Board of Trustees of Doane Academy announce that Erin Pike Mayo will become the next Head of School, on July 1, 2023, the start of Doane Academy’s 187th year.
    Read More
  • Fryeburg Academy’s Goldberg Gallery Presents Visual Artist Marsha Carlin

    The Goldberg Gallery will host an art installation of Marsha Carlin’s work in October and November. “Adaptive reuse is an approach to life and art that I learned from my parents, who were both children of The Depression. Saving and reusing string, baby food jars to hold nails and screws, and making doll houses from discarded wood scraps eventually influenced my creative process,” says Carlin. “I purposely use nontraditional and repurposed materials to create art, clothing, and accessories.” 
    Read More
  • May Ki-ok “May” Shin (pictured left) and  Kyungyoon “Yuna” Lee

    Fryeburg Academy Students Among Top Performers in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program

    Fryeburg Academy is pleased to announce that May Ki-ok “May” Shin has been named a Semifinalist in the
    National Merit Scholarship Program, and Kyungyoon “Yuna” Lee has been named a Commended Student. High school juniors entered the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). According to the College Board, more than 2 million students took the PSAT in 2021; both young women placed among the top 50,000 takers of this test.
    Read More
  • USDA Awards over $70 Million in Grants, Maine’s Fryeburg Academy among awardees

    Boston, MA, July 26, 2022 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it is awarding more than $10 million in Farm to School Grants to 123 projects across the country. Additionally, for the first time, the department is empowering states with $60 million in non-competitive grants to develop stronger and sustainable Farm to School programs over the next four years. Both actions will help more kids nationwide eat healthy, homegrown foods.
    Read More
  • FA Celebrates Faculty Years of Service

    On June 8, 2022, the Academy recognized faculty and staff for their years of service at the end-of-year staff meeting held in the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center.  Congratulations to the following faculty/staff who were recognized:

    Read More
Archive

Fryeburg Academy

FRYEBURG ACADEMY
745 Main Street
Fryeburg, ME 04037
p. (207) 935-2001      
f.  (207) 935-5013      
admissions@fryeburgacademy.org
Fryeburg Academy is an independent boarding and day school, serving grades 9-12 and postgraduate. We invite you to explore our site and learn how students from around the globe find their place in the world through our exceptional academic, art, and athletic programs.