Michigan Aerospace Challenge (MAC) is part of the Michigan Aeronautical Science Association. The MAC introduces grades 6-12 to applied science and engineering practices. Interested students in grades 6-8 may sign up in January. In addition to their payload project, each class builds their own rocket to launch at the two-day competition in Muskegon, MI. The first day involves judging the school projects and oral and written tests. The rockets are graded and checked to see if they are properly constructed. On the second day, teams launch their rockets and are judged by the success of the flight. The rockets attain a top speed of 350 MPH and an altitude of 4,000 feet.
Lego Robotics is a global organization that motivates students to pursue technology, math, and science and is open to students ages 11-14. Robotics meets 3-4 days per week. Students will learn to program robots that can complete missions on an 8 foot by 4 foot game board. In addition to designing a robot, the team also has to research the topic that is given each year. They work together to identify a problem, create a solution, and then share their learning at competition.