Yes, It Is Rocket Science!

Northwest Indian College just received the results from the First Nations Rocket Launch held May 6-8 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  NWIC took First Place at the First Nations Rocket Laynch Competition.  At the previous NASA USLI competition, NWIC placed 17th out of 33 competing against major engineering universities and colleges. Faculty Advisor, Gary Brandt stated "This experience was instrumental in preparing the team for this competition.  The reports, presentations, and other USLI project requirements really prepared the team to not only compete from a confident position, but also taught them what it takes to be a team and to truly believe in themselves".

The team came home from the USLI experience and worked hard to get the rocket and science payload ready in time for the May 5 departure to Wisconsin and the First Nations Launch. As a result, their presentation was given with confidence and it was complete, the rocket flew and was recovered beautifully, the science experiments worked, and the Post Launch Assessment Report was tackled with eagerness.

First Nations Rocket Launch Results:

 Tribal College ranking is as follows:
1st Place = Northwest Indian College 680.85pts
2nd Place = Fon Du Lac Tribal and Community College 462.79pts
3rd Place = Haskell Indian Nations University – Space Eagles 398.1pts
4th Place = Navajo Technical College – Cloud 9 386.57pts
5th Place = Navajo Technical College – Elegant Gale 153.4pts

AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society)
1st Place = University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (UMN-TC) 616.07points
2nd Place = Azusa Pacific 444.45pts
3rd Place = Haskell Indian Nations University – Ghost Spears 369.2pts

"Needless to say, without the financial help and the encouragement from LIBC, and various NASA departments, absolutely none of this would have been possible; none of it" said Brandt.

The Rocket Team is planning on doing this again. Students are already working on fund raising plans. Donations can be made to the NWIC Space Center, care of Northwest Indian College. The Team hopes to raise enough money to propose and compete again next year. The Northwest Indian College and Foundation are both 501 (c) 3 non profit educational organizations.  Your contribution is tax deductible to the full extent of the IRS laws.

On behalf of the Team, Thank you for your support!

Gary Brandt
Computers/Robotics/Space Center