Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I join a Design Team?

A design team allows you to gain hands-on experience that you won’t get in the classroom. They are also a great resume builder and have amazing opportunities for leadership! Plus, all of the design teams travel for their competitions.

Why should I join Akronauts as opposed to other design teams on campus?

We offer something unique as opposed to other design teams: Welcome 101 Courses. In these member-led courses, we teach our team valuable tools such as SolidWorks, Arduino, AutoCAD, and others. We also hold lessons to teach our team valuable soft-skills such as Leadership, Public Speaking, Resume Building, and more!

Do you only allow engineering majors on the team?

Not at all! We pride ourselves in our diversity. We have members with majors ranging from Aerospace Systems, Computer Science, and even Public Relations! Think of the Akronauts like a business; we have members in charge of our advertisement, budget, product design, product manufacturing, and even our website!

So, do you actually make rockets?

We sure do! Our rockets vary in their capabilities, but the competitions we participate in have rockets that can reach mach 2 (that’s 2 times the speed of sound!) and can reach heights of 30,000 feet (that’s as high as Mt. Everest!)

I’m a freshman. Will I get to do anything?

The Akronauts allow EVERY student to gain hands-on experience. Your amount of involvement is entirely up to you. All members’ opinions, experience, and knowledge are valued. None of us are experts and can learn a lot from each other! More importantly, if you don’t know something, we’ll teach you!

I’m a senior. Is there a point in joining now?

It is NEVER too late to join! We pride ourselves in diversity and accept members of all different education levels! As a senior you may be tasked with a portfolio if you’re an art major, a capstone if you’re an education major, or a senior design project if you’re an engineering major. With the Akronauts, you have access to build your portfolio, add material to your capstone, or even create a senior design project that can be implemented onto the rocket!

Have we convinced you? Fill out an application!