026 – Cube Satelites with Kevin Simmons

026 – Cube Satelites with Kevin Simmons

 

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[In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript]

In This Episode

026_cubesatWhat is a Cube Satellite? Can normal schools really get their projects into space? Are there ways to simulate space conditions or run outerspace experiments without breaking the bank? How does a middle school teacher end up working at the National Science Foundation and starting a business getting middle schoolers into CubeSats?Few people understand fun, science, and teenagers better than our guest today. Kevin Simmons has a small business aimed at getting middle schoolers into space projects and satellite experiments. I don’t want to spoil the fun so let’s let Kevin tell us more about it.

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Kevin’s Favorite Quote 

Whatsoever you do, do it heartily as unto the Lord and not as unto men. – Col 3:23

Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great. – Nelson Rockefeller.

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A teacher that inspired you…

I had three high school science and math teachers that exemplified the best teacher attributes:enthusiasm for learning and interest in me as a person. They were my Chemistry, Biology, and Computer/Calc teachers: Mr. Ferguson, Mrs. Arnold, and Mrs. Norman. I remember them well.

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The last thing you made…

My hope is that this process of making a company will come to fruition and we’ll have a great first competition in November.

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What are you learning about…

Writing a specific macro for work, learning how to move a start-up towards profitability. 

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About Kevin

Having worked in a number of research laboratories, the specialty chemical industry and military prior to teaching, Kevin enjoys working with students at the intersection of aerospace, entrepreneurship, and competitions. His interests also include CubeSats, Aerospace Education and Research. Some of his experiences include:

  • Flown Zero G several times with students and bioreactor hardware
  • Developing the BLUECUBE kit and CubeSat Challenge
  • Alan Shepherd Technology in Education awardee
  • Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow (2009-2011)

When not working with cubesats, Kevin researches incubators and conducts outreach activities for the National Science Foundation. He spearheaded the creation of, and is a strong advocate for the Veterans Research Supplement (VRS), and supported IIP academic programs (GOALI, I/UCRC). He has written review analyses and processed proposals for the Small Business Innovation Program.

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Additional Notes

We have to inspire people to have a sense of WONDER & CURIOSITY ~.@mwesch Click To Tweet

Contact Kevin:

Links:

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Full Text Transcript – Coming Soon!

“Knowledge is freely available in the era we live in now, but understanding is not quite as prevalent.” –Kevin Simmons

Knowledge is freely available in the era we live in now, but understanding is not quite as prevalent. --Kevin Simmons @bluecubesat Click To Tweet

“I like the maker movement.  I’m a big fan of the maker movement and Neal Gershenfeld, the fab labs, the if-you-can-dream-it-you-can-make-it [mentality].”  –Kevin Simmons

“Another good thing about the time we live in is the reduction in cost and the explosion of 3D printing. 3D printing lets a kid think it, get it on the screen, then they can print something. It makes very tangible the things that are in their head. I think that’s a great empowering tool. There is not enough of that going on, and every school should have makerlabs… That’s the direction we’re going.” –Kevin Simmons

3D printing lets a kid think it... It makes very tangible the things that are in their head. -Kevin Simmons @bluecubesat Click To Tweet

 

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