SystemsGo began firing up high school students with its innovative approach to learning Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in 1996 at Fredericksburg High School, in Fredericksburg, Texas.
Teacher Brett Williams, a graduate of Texas A&M University and founder of SystemsGo, believed there was a better way to educate and motivate tomorrow's innovators. Drawing on his training in the sciences and his work in the private sector, he laid the foundation for the program in his Principles of Technology class. With administrative and community support, Williams's students began designing and launching rockets.
The classroom experience guided students through hands-on research, as well as design and development instruction within the engineering and technology design disciplines.
Through successes and failures, students picked up valuable life skills such as problem solving, testing, analysis, documentation, reporting, project management, teamwork, and communication.
Now SystemsGo, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, shares its 4-year sequenced curriculum with high schools in Texas and New Mexico. The program, endorsed by NASA, now guides students from Introduction to R&D and engineering skills to designing and building rockets that either take a 1lb payload to 1 mile altitude, break the sound barrier, or take payloads to altitudes from 80,000 feet to 100,000 feet, with launches in Texas and at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.
With the foundational goals of promoting engineering studies and research, developing work force skills, and encouraging students to enter academic and career paths in STEM related industries; our mission is to enhance education for better workforce development and to ignite tomorrow’s innovators.