Aerospace Engineering (Launch Pad)

Majors Eligible to Join

Aerospace Engineering majors
Aerospace Engineering majors in the Honors Program

Program Description

The Launch Pad Learning Community focuses on creating a learning environment that enhances the freshman year experience for new aerospace engineering (Aer E) students. The learning team is a course-based learning community in which participants enroll in the same sections of required courses with other Aer E students. The learning teams are available for students beginning in Math 143 (pre-calculus) through Math 166 (calculus II). The Honors option is available to any student in the First-Year Honors Program, with honors sections of each of the learning community courses being offered.

Upper-class students serve as peer mentors, both within the classroom and lab setting and outside of class, to help facilitate meaningful discussions and interaction opportunities for the learning community students. The learning community activities and events also offer students opportunities to engage with our faculty.  Participants will build social and academic support through program activities that will help their transition into Iowa State and the Aer E department.

Living Options

The Aerospace Engineering Residential Learning Community is offered in conjunction with the ISU Department of Residence and is housed in Helser Hall.

Signing up

To sign up for a residential learning community simply click on the “Learning Community” tab when filling out your Department of Residence contract on AccessPlus. You can go in and update or change your learning community preference information at any time up until the deadline without losing your “priority date.”


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