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Pecos High School Competes at AFRL STEM Challenge Flight

The Flying Unicorns

The Flying Unicorns

Apr 27, 2015 –

On April 21st, A team of students from Pecos High School’s NM MESA program participated in the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) High School STEM Challenge Flight at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque. “The Flying Unicorns” was a team comprised of four female students from Pecos High School who performed well under pressure. During the presentation component, they spoke about their experience, and they took the Final Jeopardy question during the Quiz Bowl. Their Payload Protector Device protected its contents, a raw egg, throughout all 4 launches. On the 4th launch, the payload device landed on the bulls eye in the 2nd ring. Karen Ismari, their proud MESA Advisor, assisted them with their studies and preparation during MESA student meeting time throughout the year.

From the AFRL website: The AFRL STEM Challenge Flight provides an opportunity for teams of three or four high school students to plan and carry out a real-world STEM project, using a multi-phase engineering design process, much as real-world scientists and engineers do.

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