Outreach & Operations

Photo: NASA

Connecting with space communities

Inspiring the next generation of space travellers


Introduction

The Operations and Outreach team leads educational events across our campus and New York City to inspire the public and the next generation to love space. We develop lasting relationships with aerospace industry companies and NASA to provide funding and career opportunities for club members.


Mission Goals

  • Participate in SEAS Outreach's Engineering Speaks Series by teaching in local public schools in NYC

  • Host open-to-public free events featuring space celebrities and aerospace industry professionals

  • Organize aerospace-related and space-related team bonding events

  • Financially support aerospace missions within CSI and raise funds for future expansion

  • Establish and develop long-term relations with aerospace industry leaders

  • Provide recruitment opportunities for aerospace companies within the club


Related Skills

  • Education

  • Economics

  • Operations Research

  • Logistics


Mission Directors

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Cleo Payne

Outreach Director

Barnard 2021

Ancient Studies and Archeology

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Elliotte Lee

Operations Director

CC 2019

Economics and Environmental Science

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Ian Kennedy

Operations Advisor

SPS 2018

Physics



Recent News

Kid's Week 2018 at the Intrepid posted in outreachoperations

March 01, 2018

Columbia Space Initiative tabled at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Kid’s Week to get New York City’s kids interested in engineering and space exploration.

We presented current and previous projects from the Micro-G mission, a model rocket from the rockets mission, and Roaree with a video of his trip to space on a high altitude balloon.

All of the kids that stopped by our table were really interested in our missions and many said they wanted to be future astronauts and engineers. Some of them were as young as five years old, but already had previous knowledge of rockets and current developments in the aerospace industry. We invited the kids make paper airplanes using various designs to demonstrate aerodynamic concepts like lift, drag and thrust.

Ultimately, presenting the work that CSI was a great experience because we got to share our work with curious young minds and we hopefully inspired some of them to pursue space exploration in the future!

– Chris Fryer, Micro-G

Fall 2017 Engineering Speaks posted in outreachoperations

December 02, 2017

CSI’s Outreach team has taught over 200 NYC middle schoolers at MS 302 and MS 126 this past month, in partnership with the Sophie Gerson Healthy Youth Foundation and the Columbia Engineering Outreach Office in its “Engineering Speaks” outreach lecture series.

We enjoyed sharing about the history of aerospace, the basics of space science, and the cool new innovations and companies in aerospace today. Most of all, we enjoyed seeing the students’ enthusiasm and curiosity about aerospace. At the end of each lecture, we had a paper airplane competition to illustrate aerodynamic principles firsthand. We were blown away by their engineering skills - there were airplanes that traveled all the way across the auditorium, airplanes that boomeranged back to their owners, and more! Each time, students would linger afterward to ask us follow-up questions and to tell us about their future plans to become pilots or scientists. It has been a truly rewarding set of experiences, and we can’t wait to continue to inspire and be inspired by the next generation of space engineers and scientists in spring.

– Leena Chen

Fall 2017 CU Splash posted in outreachoperations

November 04, 2017

This Saturday was our third time participating in CU Splash, a day-long event for high school students to learn topics outside of the classroom. We taught a course called “Intro to Space Exploration,” where we introduced basic orbital mechanics, propellants, space history, and challenges in space.

For many of our students, this was their first exposure to space science and aerospace engineering.

In addition to the science, we discussed commercial space companies, international space industries and modern innovation like suit ports and inflatable space modules.

We held two sections and each had 40+ students. We had lots of fun inspiring the next generation of space travelers.

Thank you to Leena, ShaSha, Caleb, Tejit, Lily, Megan, Chris, and Garrett for making this day of space learning possible.

– Lily He