Who We Are / Where We Are
This inspiring little campus, somewhat unknown to the greater Cougar community, is the new Everett WSU.
The WSU Everett Engineering Club believes in learning through hands-on experience and sets out to facilitate growth through such challenges that even the effort of attempting them will forever set its members apart.
No matter if students go on to become the next astronauts, space industry entrepreneurs, clean-energy revolutionaries, or simply engineers of other terrestrial needs, it is this club's goal to strive to always be learning, to take full advantage of this special time in history, and to roll up our sleeves and get down to work when necessary.
Entering the workshop, you join in the fun, and get to witness the hive of activity of students moving in and out between classes, filling their spare moments with swift and urgent work at various projects.
One minute you could be having a conversation about the efficiency difference of various propeller cambers in the Wind Energy Team's design, then brainstorm a launch lug mounting system on a rocket, and transition again to collaborating on the 3D design of a bracket that is minutes later prototyped and laser cut from wood, test fit, edited and cut again for final use.
If it sounds like we have it pretty good here, that's the truth! It is our hope and goal to sustainably deepen and continue this experience for our students, setting them out into the world ready to be hands-on leaders in their respective fields, while drawing in an ever-improving cohort of talented STEM youth to benefit from the learn-by-doing creed.
What We Do
WSU Everett Engineering Club has under its umbrella three teams currently. This campaign is centered on progressing the efforts of the two space-themed teams under the club: Rocket and Rover. Wind Energy is somewhat set apart in that they have already secured funding, but are with us in spirit!
In 2016 a group of students went to the University Rover Challenge in the Utah desert and took 2nd place among 30 international teams! Since then, a complete rework and new rover design have begun. Although development was steady, COVID stalled out the progress of the build. That is until the 2021 group of students came back to campus in person with hustle and gusto, quickly accelerating the design/build cadence and preparing for our first entry into competition since the stellar performance six long years ago. This means that higher than normal costs are now anticipated. Between all the materials to go from prototype to final build, coupled with a reasonable and modest budget for travel, lodging, and Rover transport to the desert this summer, and most recently - even replacing a burned up central computer, your donation will help ensure our efforts are not stillborn but rather wondrous in pride they bring to the Cougar community!
The rocket team aims to advance as many of its members through the certification levels of the National Association of Rocketry and prepare for an outstanding first entrance into the competition next school year. To achieve level 1-3 certification, many rockets will have to be built (and possibly lost/exploded) in the next year before we can nail down everything from launch systems, recovery systems, flight computers and control, GPS tracking, apogee targeting, effective modeling of flight paths, designing efficient component parts like fins and nose cones. It is rocket science after all! Having just gone for L1 certifications by quickly building high-powered rocket kits, the team has learned a lot and will be quickly preparing for level 2 launches this Spring of 2022 while beginning design and component testing of the competition rocket for next school year!
"It always seems impossible until it's done." - Nelson Mandela
This is a special program, and we earnestly hope we can count on your support.
Your donation, however small or large, goes towards the enhancement of this club and will be used efficiently yet aggressively to advance the efforts of the Rocket and Rover builds, while ambitiously competing against the brightest young engineering minds from universities around the world.
Donate any amount today and help advance our efforts here to change the world!
Shoot for the stars and you may just land on the moon.