Three University of Michigan Engineering undergraduate students, Monica Khalique, Linnea Lindblom, and Jack Perry helped explain how aerospace concepts apply to the track of a moving football in the five-minute video titled, “U-M Aerospace Engineering Undergraduate Students Explain the Aerodynamics of a Football.” The video teaches the basics of rotation, spin-stabilization, and gyroscopic force to demonstrate how the sport of football can be applied to aerospace engineering. Their outreach video provided a creative way to increase prospective students’ interest in STEM fields and the aerospace major.
“We had to think of a way to outreach to the youth about STEM, and we thought a video would be a great, remote way to introduce aerospace engineering concepts to young students,” video creator, Monica Khalique said.
The three students are part of the University of Michigan Sports in Space Outreach Team headed by Anouck Girard. They worked on the outreach video as part of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), where they were able to contribute to the project throughout its stages of development. They helped decide on the theme of “Sports in Space,” determined how to reach prospective students, and narrated, edited, and produced the final outreach video which can be found on the U-M Aerospace’s YouTube channel.
Monica Khalique is a freshman majoring in Aerospace Engineering and minoring in Space Engineering. She’s a member of Women in Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the Michigan Aeronautical Science Association. Linnea Lindblom is a freshman majoring in Mechanical Engineering who is involved with the Michigan Baja Racing student engineering design team. Jack Perry is a sophomore majoring in Aerospace Engineering and minoring in Computer Science. He is also involved with the Special Olympics College Club on campus.