Seattle Math Fest 2014

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Seattle MathFest 2014 – Math like you’ve never seen it before!

Join 1,000 kids, families, and community members for Seattle MathFest 2014! Seattle MathFest is a community-wide celebration of elementary school families and math, hosted by Seattle-based nonprofit Zeno. This is a one-of-a-kind event where elementary students and their families play carnival-like math games, win prizes and have fun. While playing, students build their confidence in and enthusiasm for math. See the kids in your life experience math in a whole new way—in an atmosphere of adventure, learning and discovery!

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What Does Aerospace Have to do With It?

What Does Aerospace Have to do With It?

Join us for an evening at our September Technical Dinner hosted by the UW-AIAA at the University of Washington Campus (building location will be provided closer to the day of the event). Food and beverages will be provided by the PNW Section of AIAA.

Our featured speaker will be Dr. Carl Knowlen, Senior Research Scientist with the UW William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Dr. Knowlen will speak on “What Does Aerospace Have to do with It?”

Biography - Carl Knowlen received his Ph.D. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Washington in 1991 and is currently a Senior Research Scientist with the UW William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Part Time Lecturer.  He has a strong background in analytical modeling of gas dynamics, chemical kinetics, heat transfer and fluid flow systems and extensive experience in experimental techniques for internal ballistics, supersonic testing, cryogenic systems, rocket propulsion systems, and flow field diagnostics.  Dr. Knowlen’s research activities include:  space power systems, ram accelerators (in-tube ramjets), shock wave reactors (petrochemical pyrolysis process using supersonic flow of high enthalpy steam), cryogenic energy storage systems, vortex tube cryogenic air separation, microthruster propellants and technology, combustion and detonation properties of propellants, liquid coolant injection systems for supersonic turbojet engines, and ammonia manufacturing processes.  He has published over 120 articles in the proceedings of various technical meetings and refereed journals and is currently an Associate Fellow of the AIAA.

Join us! Register Today!

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2014 BGCKC Kids Auction


2014 BGCKC Kids Auction  

Accepting Donations for Event on Saturday, October 4, 2014

Are you a private pilot? Read on!

Dear PNWAIAA membership, in order to support our growing partnership with the North Seattle Boys and Girls Club, we are soliciting items for donation to the 2014 BGCKC Kids Auction on October 4, 2014.  The auction is one of the major fundraisers for the North Seattle club and the county and we would like to come up with at least one unique gift from the PNWAIAA that is sure to be a big hit with the crowd!  Items for auction could include wine or gift card baskets, unique Seattle experiences or a cool one-of-a-kind gift.  One item that we believe would be a crowd favorite – and unique to the aviation community – would be a flight aboard a private airplane, so if any pilots in the group would be interested in donating or know of an organization that would participate, please let us know.  Please contact the Boys and Girls Club Liaison if you are interested in donating or finding out more information about attending the auction.  Thank you!

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North Seattle Boys & Girls Club Speaks to City Hall (with PNWAIAA Liaison)

CityHallJoan (North Seattle Club Director) and Joseph (PNWAIAA-BGC Liaison and BGC Board Member) spoke at city hall yesterday.  The North Seattle Club is a finalist for a $20K Technology Matching Funds grant!

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OSU ESRA Team Wins 1st Place at IREC






REPORT FROM Michael VanderPutten and Ian Finn at Oregon State…Congrats!

Last month in Green River, Utah, the Experimental Sounding Rocketry Association (ESRA) held its 9th annual Intercollegiate Rocketry Engineering Competition (IREC). The competition challenges university students to design, build, and launch a rocket capable of ascending a 10 pound payload of sensors and experiments to a target altitude. This year, the basic category altitude was 10,000 feet AGL, with the advanced category rockets targeting 25,000 feet AGL. Points are awarded for flight performance, presentation, payload design, and the percentage of the rocket designed and built by students.

This was Oregon State University’s first year competing in the basic category of the competition, and they had high hopes for success. With the support of the OSU AIAA branch, industry sponsors from around the PNW, a team of around 10 undergraduate students, and twelve senior capstone members, the team was able to develop a very successful first attempt at a sounding rocket. Weighing in at just over 53 pounds, and with a length of 10 feet,Terminal Gravity was one of the larger rockets entered into the basic category. The team was able to test Terminal Gravity before launching with the help of the Oregon Rocketry club, and the landowners of the Brothers, OR launch site. During test launches, the rocket reached peak altitudes of 9,200 feet, and 10,800 feet, and had a few kinks to work out.

During competition, the OSU rocket flew beautifully, with a maximum altitude of 10,280 feet, and a flawless dual deployment recovery. The team was able to come away with a first place award from both the basic category, and the payload competition. Next year, the team hopes to compete in the advanced category, and begin development of a hybrid motor system for future rockets.

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2014 Engineer of the Year Nominations Now Open

Do you know of a PNW AIAA member who has contributed to our industry over the last year? If so, the PNW AIAA Section would like to recognize him/her.

Engineer of the Year awards are made in five categories. Click the links to view or download detailed description and nomination form:

  1. Industry Engineer of the Year
  2. Government  Engineer of the Year
  3. Young Engineer of the Year
  4. Aerospace STEM Outreach Engineer of the Year
  5. Educator of the Year

Click here for nomination guidelines.

Nominations are due by Monday, June 2, 2014. Awardees will be recognized at the annual Section Banquet on Thursday, June 26, 2014.

Contact with any questions.

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Moon Base Builders

We will host AIAA member Mr. Dan Dolan, President of Moonbase Builders.  Mr Dolan is also the President of A-Boy Electric & Plumbing, a family-owned hardware company, along with Globe lighting in Seattle.

He will describe the concept his company has developed for a commercial moonbase,

We have reserved the upstairs room at the North Portland Library and the meeting may continue in the Chapel Pub across the street afterwards.

May 12, 2014 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

North Portland Library: 512 North Killingsworth Street, Portland,OR 97217

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Paine Field Aviation Day


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Help Judge Middle School Science Fair Projects – Jane Addams K-8

Opportunity to get in the schools and to do some STEM outreach.

Jane Addams K-8 is in need of science fair project judges on May 22nd, from 8:30am – 1pm.

Come be part of a fun event as you peak into the developing minds of middle school students! A training session will walk you through the use of the scoring sheet and answer any questions you have about scoring. Coffee, morning snacks, and pizza lunch provided. Projects are displayed by grade level and you can either choose one or be assigned to one.

Students will not be present during the judging time. Qualifying projects will compete in the Seattle District Science Fair on June 5th, at The Museum of Flight.  Contact our Science Specialist, Christine Benita, at, 206-252-4517, if you are available to help judge the projects.

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Fly to Learn Mentors wanted in South Seattle

Here’s an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in mentoring and filling a known need in the community.  They are looking for instructors/mentors to supplement and sustain the people who started the program.  Please consider getting involved if you can.  To volunteer or find out more details, please contact Dave Jones at  Thanks!

From Dave Jones:

Fred Quarnstrom, a fellow Boeing Flying Club member pilot and Museum of Flight docent, and I started the Fly to Learn program at Rainer Vista in February of 2012.  We had discovered the Fly to Learn program at the Experimental Aircraft Association Oshkosh Air Show in  summer 2012.   It appeared to be a fun way to introduce kids to physics principles of flying and we both were users of the XPlane flight simulator program.  Fred is a member of a local Rotary Club and he was successful in gaining the club to purchase copies of the Fly to Learn program disks for Rainier Vista.

We run the program one day a week, with back to back one hour sessions, the first for middle school and high school students, and the second hour for elementary grades 3 to 5.   It is a ‘drop-in’ program, so we have a different mix of kids each week, which can be challenging.   There are continually new kids coming in to try the program for a first time, along side others who have been semi-regular attendees.   We have usually 2 to 4 of the middle and high school students for the first hour, while the younger group varies from 5 to over 12 at times.   With only Fred and I to provide explanations, answer questions, and to reboot computers, we have our hands full at times.   The kids really like the program.   The younger group literally break the door down at the start of the session, running in to get a computer to start flying.

Until very recently Fred and I brought our own Apple laptop computers in for the program each week.   Between us we have 5 computers, which has usually meant that the younger kids have to partner up and trade-off flying.   To improve the situation Fred used his contacts to obtain 8 new laptops from Microsoft.  We have just recently completed installing software and configuring the computers, and have begun introducing them to the program.   We are still in the de-bugging phase of the introduction of these machines.   When we have successfully worked through the bugs we are experiencing we will be in a much improved learning environment, for both the kids and ourselves.

We are loosely following the lessons in the fly to learn curriculum.  For beginners we demonstrate how to take-off the C-172, and then have the kids complete a worksheet of flight lesson tasks that include take-off distance measurements, stalls, level flight circling, and landing distance measurement.  When they complete the worksheet the kids are awarded an airplane model that we purchase from the Museum of Flight store.  To date we have awarded over ten models.  For the middle and high school kids we have introduced plane maker and they have worked on changing aspect ratio in chapter 7.

With a year of experience with the program and the new laptops now providing a more stable learning environment, we are working to introduce a more stable, repeatable program to the kids.   To do that one of the things we need badly are more instructor/mentors to supplement Fred and I.

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