Episode 13 – Abigail Fritschel

Abby recently graduated from high school and will be starting college this fall at Iowa State University to study aerospace engineering. Abby has a love of physics, calculus and rockets! She is passionate about making her voice heard and excited to start this new phase of her life where she gets to study the subjects she loves.

Episode Notes

Music used in the podcast: Higher Up, Silverman Sound Studio

Acronyms and Definitions

AP Classes – Advance Placement Classes – a program in the United States and Canada created by the College Board which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students.  (wikipedia)

Calculus BC – Calculus II in high school.

Fact Check

Where is Space Camp? Huntsville, Alabama

Aeronautical engineering vs. aerospace engineering – A degree in aerospace engineering and a degree in aeronautical engineering both prepare students to design aircraft. In fact, aeronautical engineering is a branch of aerospace engineering. Though the two degree programs teach similar engineering principles, there is a critical distinction between designing for air and space. Aerospace engineering is concerned with designing and building aircraft and spacecraft. Aerospace engineering can be divided into two specializations: aeronautical engineers, who handle aircraft, and astronautical engineers, who design spacecraft, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. A bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering would likely include both specializations, whereas a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering would focus solely on those vehicles that fly within the Earth’s atmosphere. Both options usually require students to take some similar courses, like dynamics, propulsion and fluid mechanics (https://learn.org/articles/What_is_the_Difference_Between_a_Degree_in_Aerospace_Engineering_and_a_Degree_in_Aeronautical_Engineering.html)

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