Go For Launch!


Mesquite High School
Gilbert, AZ
Greater Phoenix Area
March 3-4, 2018
8am-6pm Daily
Students Grades 8-12
Students from all schools welcome!

Flyer graciously created & donated by


Flyer graciously created & donated by



*Team may be subject to change due to schedules.


Captain, US Navy (Retired)
Selected as a NASA astronaut candidate in May 1984, Culbertson completed basic astronaut training in June 1985. He became lead astronaut at the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory (SAIL); lead of the First Emergency Egress Team; and lead spacecraft communicator (CAPCOM) in the Mission Control Center for seven missions. He flew as the Pilot for STS-38. Following his first flight, he served as the Deputy Chief of the Flight Crew Operations Space Station Support Office, as well as the lead astronaut for Space Station Safety. He was also a member of the team evaluating the hardware and procedures for the proposed mission to dock with the Russian Space Station Mir. Culbertson then served as the Commander for STS-51. Following this flight, Culbertson was Chief of the Astronaut Office Mission Support Branch; then Chief of the Johnson Space Center Russian Projects Office. In 1994, Culbertson was named Deputy Program Manager, Phase 1 Shuttle-Mir, and in 1995 became Manager of the Shuttle-Mir Program. In 2001, Culbertson flew to ISS and served as the Commander of Expedition 3. Culbertson has logged over 146 days in space.


Michelle Lucas spent 10+ years working at NASA's Johnson Space Center. First as part of the International Space Station (ISS) Payload Safety Review Panel (PSRP) and then in the Mission Operations Directorate as a Flight Controller in ISS Mission Control and as a Astronaut Instructor in the ISS Daily Operations Group. Additionally she worked with each of the International Partners (European Space Agency – ESA, Japanese Space Agency – JAXA and the Russian Space Agency) in the field of Daily Operations, Flight Controller and Instructor Training. Michelle was part of the Core NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) team for 9 missions where astronauts would carry out analog space missions underwater in the Aquarius habitat. Along the way, Michelle found she has a passion for launching the next generation's dreams and ambitions. Her passion for inspiring students led to extensive work with other organizations in STEM outreach so she founded the non-profit Higher Orbits to use space to excite and inspire students about STEM, Leadership, Teamwork and Communication. Michelle is proud to be a Space Camp Alum and member of the Space Camp Hall of Fame. She believes that collaboration in space and STEM is the key to the stars! Space Inspires!


Jeff Herold has been teaching since 2000 and has taught everything from Kindergarten through 12th grade and community college. Currently, he teaches S.T.E.M. to 7th and 8th graders at Hillcrest Middle School in Glendale, Arizona. While not volunteering at local elementary schools at their science nights, he enjoys paragliding, attending professional development, and spending time with his family. His favorite student is his 6th grade son, Skyler. Jeff is the 2015 Arizona Air Force Association Teacher of the Year and 2015 Arizona Challenger Space Center Educator of the Year. Jeff is a member of The Mars Generation Student Space Ambassador Planning Committee and the Train Like a Martian Planning Committee. You can follow his S.T.E.M. adventures on Twitter @STEMJeff.



Mesquite High School
500 S McQueen Rd
Gilbert, AZ 85233

About Mesquite High School

Mesquite High School, established in 1998, is a four-year (grades 9-12) comprehensive high school located in the western part of Gilbert Public School's boundaries. It borders both Mesa and Chandler school districts and is located on McQueen Road between Elliot and Warner Roads. Mesquite High School offers outstanding curriculum, including STEM, comprehensive fine arts and athletics programs, and a wide variety of extra-curricular activities. Over 40 sponsored clubs on campus providing an opportunity for all students to be involved in a school activity. State of the art technology, along with one-to-one Chromebook devices for all 9th and 10th-grade students, enhances students' learning, presentation, and research capabilities. The 2017-18 school year, all grades will have one-to-one Chromebook devices. Mesquite students have had a great deal of success at state and national levels in athletics, academics, and fine arts competitions.

Registration Fee - $175 per student and includes all supplies, snacks and meals (of limited menu) as well as event t-shirt, event patch & more! To guarantee an event t-shirt, register by February 9!

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