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Field Report: Joseph S. Clark High School, Firstline Charter Schools


Students from Mr. Contreras’ Robotics class at Clark Prep recently visited the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility.  The ninth graders got a firsthand look at several projects, including a rocket booster that will be used to send a spacecraft to Mars and a classified Department of Defense helicopter.  Students were also given a tutorial on a process called friction welding which enables NASA to build durable pieces of metal that are light enough to launch into space.

“It was great for our students to have the opportunity to connect what they are learning in the classroom to the real world,” noted Contreras.

The Michoud Assembly Facility is responsible for building spacecraft for many NASA programs and houses several aerospace engineering contractors including Sierra Lobo and Lockheed Martin.

A big thanks to Sierra Lobo employee, Denise Sanders (Clark class of ’85) for connecting Clark Prep students with this opportunity!



Photo caption: During a recent tour of the Michoud Assembly Facility, students from Clark High School inspect a friction-stir-welded panel as Jacobs Technology employee John Alt explains the process.


-Mike Jayes, Tulane CPS AmeriCorps VISTA, Joseph S. Clark High School, Firstline Charter Schools



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