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FLARE – Future Leaders of Advanced Rocket Engineering

Compton high school students, under TAM’s guidance, will be competing against university teams around the country to construct a liquid methane fueled rocket.  The winning team, whomever reaches 45,000 feet first, will earn $100,000 in scholarship money for students to pursue engineering degrees.  To assist students TAM is creating state of the art lab space will featuring CNC manufacturing equipment, 3-D printers, and liquid fuel production capabilities all housed in our newly remodeled museum hangar space.

Check out the competition here: http://www.marssociety.org/student-rocketry-teams-to-compete-for-far-mars-prize/

TAM is cultivating the next generation of engineers that will populate the aerospace industry and replace a generation of retiring professionals.  This is a huge step to creating a better future for our youth.


Facility Upgrades – remodeled facility, new static displays and museum pieces

We have acquired new displays and are adding more, this is just the beginning!  Amoung the new aircraft are a UH34 Seahorse Helicopter with military support equipment, Spirit of St. Louis Replica, Da Vinci Ornithopter replica, and an F-4 Phantom.


Next Generation Astronaut Training Program

As training continues for our Next Generation Astronaut program, we have upcoming milestones for our lead cadet.

Lee Westropp enrolled in TAM’s after school program at age 14, earned private pilot helicopter license at age 18 and graduated from Purdue University with a BS degree in Aerospace Engineering at age 22. After returning to TAM as a volunteer, he was quickly hired as the Director of Operations.

Over the past few months Lee continued his astronaut training by completing survival training in Alaska and earning a Rescue Diver certification as a scuba diver. In July he will attend EAA AirVenture Oshkosh representing Pipistrel and TAM while demonstrating the Pipistrel Alpha Electro (first fully electric aircraft). In addition he will complete fighter jet training in a cold war era fighter jet.

This is just the beginning for our astronaut cadets. Currently other cohorts are attending universities nationwide and will be returning to TAM to be hired in leadership roles. They will then complete survival, scuba, and fighter jet training on their way to become qualified to be astronauts. The Next Generation Astronaut program aims to produce cadets overqualified for NASA, SpaceX, Blue Origin, and other space agencies globally.


National College Resources Foundation partners with TAM to upgrade facilities

“We always look for ways to connect students to great opportunities and pathways, and we feel that our partnership with TAM gives students a leg up by preparing them for careers that allow them to take care of themselves and their family, says National College Resources Founder Dr. Theresa Price, “As a proud Compton native, I am so excited to be partnering with such a world class, caring organization such as TAM to help bring great things to the city of Compton, Dr. Price added.

“I am excited too”, says Founder of TAM Robin Petgrave. “Everything I have envisioned with helping these students and exposing them to awesome pathways is happening right here in Compton, and just wait to you see the finish product”, adds Petgrave.
Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum is in its first stage of remodeling with plans of designing a world class, historic museum that will be a tourist attraction in Compton, California.

National College Resources Foundation was developed in 2000, founded by the success of an annual event, Black College Expo™. Black College Expo™ serves over 50,000 students annually with the purpose of providing access to higher education for students of color, while highlighting the 14 historically black colleges and universities (HBCU’s). Our Mission is to curtail the high school dropout rate and increase degree and/or certificate enrollment among underserved and underrepresented students.

Over the years, NCRF has helped over 400,000 students get into college, and has given away over $600,000 in scholarships and has helped students secure over $300 million in scholarships and grants.

For more information about NCRF visit us at: www.thecollegeexpo.org or call us at 877-427-4100

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