Every summer, students in Colin Lang’s Rocketry classes at Alamo Heights High School travel with their teacher and supporters to White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. Once there, the team begins the protocol that will propel their rocket skyward. Over the past few years, the performance of the rockets and the students were significant enough to earn them the SystemsGo Goddard Level Diamond Award.


The classes are part of a state-wide STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) curriculum called SystemsGo, a “project based” approach to learning. As they advance through the program, students start by building small model rockets as they learn the principles of flight. They move up in scale to vehicles that launch a one-pound payload one mile high. The next level involves reaching the sound barrier.The highest level–Goddard–requires students to design and build a rocket that launches at the U.S. Army run WSMR facility.


Alamo Heights is traditionally one of only a handful of high schools qualified to travel to WSMR.
The performance of the rockets and the students were significant enough to earn the SystemsGo Goddard Level Diamond Award.  


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