A $1 million gift from the nonprofit Base 11 will fund a new rocketry lab at Samueli School. Jessica Mendoza

To the Moon and Back

UCI students will “shoot for the moon” thanks to a $1 million gift from Base 11, a nonprofit STEM organization. The “Moonshot Initiative” will establish a rocketry program at The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, with the intent of making UCI the first academic institution to launch a liquid-fuel rocket into space.

“We’ve found that by exposing our students early to hands-on experiential learning, we have better success in keeping them engaged and inspired in their education,” said Gregory Washington, Stacey Nicholas Dean of Engineering at the Samueli School. “This partnership with Base 11 will help us create an exciting and innovative opportunity for our students.”

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