3 Days With An Astronaut: 'Go For Launch!' Returns to Deerfield High School

February 13, 2017

Using space experiments, non-profit aims to get students excited about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields.

DEERFIELD, IL — A space exploration science program giving students a chance to spend three days with retired astronauts and NASA staff, as well as an opportunity to create a science experiment to be launched into space, will return to Deerfield High School for a second consecutive year in March.

Former space station flight controller and astronaut instructor Michelle Lucas started the Go For Launch! program last year. It's the first project undertaken by her educational non-profit, Higher Orbits. A native of Hobart, Indiana, Lucas spent more than a decade working for NASA at Johnson Space Center in Houston before shifting her focus to education.

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ILS Participates in Go For Launch!

February 4, 2017

It was an honor for ILS to support and be a sponsor at Go For Launch!, a three-day program mentoring high school students from January 14-16, 2017. The event, held at Orbital ATK in Dulles, Virginia, was organized by non-profit Higher Orbits.

ILS congratulates all of the talented and hard-working students who participated in the program. In the end, team STEM Power beat out eight other local groups to advance and compete with winners of other Go for Launch! events held around the country. The eventual winner will have their experiment launched to the International Space Station.

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Students defy gravity in space competition

January 22, 2017

When STEM Power formed one ordinary Saturday morning, only two team members – twin sisters Cindy and Wendy Shi – knew each other.

The team consisted of five high school students who, like dozens of their peers, gathered in a conference room at aerospace manufacturer Orbital ATK’s Dulles headquarters on Jan. 14 for the first day of Go For Launch, a three-day event run by the nonprofit Higher Orbits to generate student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

The students were tasked with designing an experiment that could be conducted in outer space and presenting their team’s proposal to a panel of judges at the end of the Go For Launch program.

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Local students have their heads in the clouds thanks to Orbital ATK

January 20, 2017

More than 50 local high school students tried their hand at becoming space explorers this week as part of the “Go for Launch” program held at Orbital ATK in Dulles this week.

The three-day event saw participants taking part in hands-on STEM and STEAM activities delivered by engineers and space professionals, including retired astronaut and Orbital ATK Space Systems Group President Frank Culbertson.

“We were honored to host this next generation of space explorers at our headquarters and inspire them to design innovative science experiments that could be flown to the International Space Station aboard our Cygnus spacecraft,” Culbertson said in a prepared statement. “By using our campus as a test bed for these activities, we can provide a team of mentors, teachers and role models that will guide these students towards new adventures in deep space exploration and beyond.”

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Team of Deerfield Students to See Their Experiment Launched Into Space

January 20, 2017

A science experiment designed by five Deerfield High School students to measure the effect of solar radiation on tumor growth will be launched into space in March.

"I was awestruck," said junior Chirag Goel, one of the project's team members. "It's hard to believe I'm part of something as extraordinary as this."

The project was created during a three-day competitive STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) camp in June. Deerfield was one of four nationwide locations for the camp. The group learned Dec. 1 that their effort was the lone experiment destined for space travel.

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Orbital ATK's San Diego Facility Generates “STEAM” for Camp To Inspire The Next Generation of Innovators

September 2, 2016

As the program sponsor of Go for Launch, several employees from the Space Components Division at Orbital ATK’s San Diego facility took their talents and their children to the space camp at the San Diego Air & Space Museum.

Created and presented by Higher Orbits, a non-profit group, the program uses space exploration as a platform to launch student participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) around the country.

A group of about twenty high school age students spent three days in San Diego with astronauts (including former astronaut and Orbital ATK Space Systems Group President Frank Culbertson) to learn about human spaceflight and design their own space experiment. Orbital ATK also provided guest speakers and judges for the team competitions.

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Reaching for the Stars

August 26, 2016

Reaching for the stars
Space-themed program touches down in Leominster
By David Dore

Before they could imagine going to space, about 15 middle and high school students had a few things to learn here on Earth — such as how to speak in front of a group, present materials and overcome nervousness.

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Boys & Girls Club to Host Event Promoting STEM Careers

August 13, 2016

By Anna Burgess aburgress@sentinelandenterprise.com

LEOMINSTER -- Next week, local middle- and high-school students will have a chance to explore the final frontier from their own community.

Go For Launch, an educational and experimental space camp run by nonprofit Higher Orbits, is coming to the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster from Monday through Wednesday.

The Go For Launch program will give students a chance to hear space-shuttle experiences from retired astronaut Dr. Don Thomas, and to design their own space experiments -- one of which might go into orbit.

The camp's purpose, in part, is to encourage young people to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields, said program director Michelle Lucas.

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Retired astronaut to teach at program at Fitchburg-Leominster Boys & Girls Club

July 22, 2016

By Eric Stanway
The Worcester Telegram
July 22, 2016

WORCESTER – Those of us old enough to remember the first moon landings and initial exploration of Mars will recall the heady exhilaration of those times. For a while there, it seemed like every kid on the block wanted to grow up to be an astronaut.

The Boys and Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster is looking to ignite that spark again in a younger generation, as they initiate their first Massachusetts Go For Launch! program on August 15-17.

“We’re really excited to bring Go For Launch! to the area for the first time,” Katie Hammes of the Boys and Girls Club said. “This is a great way for kids to learn about space, and figure out ways to address the challenges that astronauts face all the time.”

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Go For Launch! brings Japanese and American Student Teams Together

July 18, 2016

St. Edward’s University hosted its inaugural “Go-For-Launch!” event 11 – 13 July 2016. 30 students participated with 15 here as part of the summer program with Asia Pacific University and 15 from Austin-area high schools.

Astronaut Mike Foreman met with students all three days, answering questions about life in space and the technical challenges associated with conducting experiments on the International Space Station (ISS).

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Students Work Together To Launch Their Experiment To Space

July 13, 2016

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Many students had the unique opportunity to work with a former NASA astronaut in hopes to have their experiment sent to the International Space Station.

Higher Orbits is a non-profit that brings the program Go For Launch! across the country. There are about a dozen of these events scheduled, with more in the works for 2016. During each event, the students work on a variety of collaborative activities, but the main focus is for every team to design an experiment they’d like to see tested in space.

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Summer Camp 'Go For Launch!' Aims for Space

June 23, 2016

AUSTIN (KXAN) — This summer, local students will have a unique opportunity to work with an astronaut and potentially have their experiment sent to the International Space Station.

“Go-For-Launch!” is a the three-day camp that will take place July 11-13 at St. Edward’s University in Austin. Registration is open to high school students and college freshmen and sophomores interested in math, science, leadership, and/or space.

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Higher Orbits brings ‘Go for Launch!’ to Leominster

June 22, 2016

Higher Orbits will host its first Massachusetts “Go for Launch!” program Aug. 15-17 at the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster.

Middle school-aged students in the area will have the opportunity to participate in the three-day program that that uses space exploration as a platform to launch student engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), STEAM (Art), teamwork, communication and leadership.

Through their participation in “Go for Launch!” students learn about human spaceflight and get insight and feedback through a variety of talks delivered by experienced space and STEM professionals. Speakers scheduled to participate in this event include retired astronaut Don Thomas, former ISS flight controller and astronaut instructor Michelle Lucas, and others. The goal is to illustrate the numerous opportunities that exist in STEM-related careers.

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Hamptons Festival Mixes Outer Space, Education, And Locally Inspired Abstract Art

September 17, 2015

The 2nd East End Music & Arts Festival, presented by uniphi good, is returning to the Hamptons on Friday, September 18th through Sunday, September 20th. The weekend-long happening will showcase music, film, art, entertainment, and education.

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Kids, Your Science Project Advisor is an Astronaut

March 18, 2015

When she watched her teenage students’ experiments being launched into space from Wallops Island, Virginia, former NASA astronaut trainer Michelle Ham cried. It was the first group of many experiments to be lofted, all part of Mission Discovery, a multiple-day event where teenagers develop scientific payloads and compete to get them into space.

The experiments kids produce during Mission Discovery have the potential to one day go to the space station. The best part: The students get to work directly with astronauts, who share their experiences and insights, as well as help the teens design their projects. Many astronauts and former astronauts have participated: Scott Kelly, Jerry Ross, Ken Ham, Mike Foale, Nicole Stott, and Mike McCulley. This year, three Mission Discovery events are planned: at the Kentucky Science Center in Louisville (March); at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida (June); and at Paisley Town Hall in Renfrewshire, Scotland (June-July).

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UPDATE: New dates set for 'Mission Discovery' astronaut camp at Ky. Science Center

February 24, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- New dates have been set for Mission Discovery Kentucky -- a weekend camp that mixes kids with astronauts at the Kentucky Science Center.

The camp will now be held March 21-22 and March 28-29, according to Michelle Ham, the camp's organizer. It had originally been scheduled for Feb. 21-22 and Feb. 28 - March 1, but was rescheduled due to the winter weather.

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Mission Discovery camp aims to bring students and astronauts together at Louisville Science Center

February 3, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A new kind of camp is coming to the Louisville Science Center later this month -- and some of the lucky campers will be rewarded by being able to send their own science experiment to the International Space Station.

On two weekends -- Feb. 21-22 and Feb. 28 - March 1 -- the science center will host Mission Discovery, a camp that will unite up to 250 high school and college age students with astronauts, scientists and Mission Control flight directors. It's all part of an effort to use the resources of NASA and the space program to get the kids interested in STEM education -- science, technology, engineering and math.

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International Space Program Coming To Metro State

October 24, 2014

The International Space School Educational Trust (ISSET) will be bringing its Mission Discovery program to Metropolitan State University in Denver from January 12-16, 2015. The program allows high school and university students to work directly with astronauts, astronaut trainers, rocket scientists and NASA leaders for a week. Astronaut Bob Cabana will be joining students for Mission Discovery MSU.

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Space Camp Hall of Fame Honors Astronaut, Trainer and Entrepreneur

August 11, 2014

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A European astronaut, a former NASA trainer and an entrepreneur who encouraged a new generation of international space travelers have been hailed for their success by the institution that helped to inspire each of them: Space Camp.

Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, former astronaut trainer Michelle Ham and the late Kaya Tuncer were inducted into the Space Camp Hall of Fame during a ceremony held Friday (Aug. 8) at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

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DUNMORE Corporation Hosts Higher Orbits at AIAA Space 2014 Conference

August 4, 2014

DUNMORE is hosting Higher Orbits in its exhibit booth at the AIAA SPACE 2014 conference through August 6, 2014. Higher Orbits is a non-profit that inspires interest in aerospace with high school and university students and makes it possible for students to send their experiments to space with Mission Discovery.

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Youths' Project Will Blast Into Orbit

July 20, 2014

Hundreds of young Scots have taken part in a week-long space school run by former Nasa astronauts.
About 200 pupils aged 14 to 17 from Renfrewshire joined Mission Discovery, an international educational programme brought to Scotland for the first time this week.

They worked with former astronauts, scientists and trainers to come up with an idea for an experiment to be carried out in space.

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Renfrewshire youngsters’ experiment heading for outer space

July 15, 2014

Six Renfrewshire students are reaching for the stars after hearing their science experiment will be blasted into space and carried out on the International Space Station.

The once-in-a-lifetime prize was their reward for taking part in Mission Discovery Renfrewshire – a week-long space school run by former NASA astronauts.

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STV News - Nasa astronauts launch space school for Scots secondary pupils

July 14, 2014

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About 200 S3-S5 pupils from Renfrewshire are taking part in Mission Discovery, an international educational programme which is being brought to Scotland for the first time.

They will be split into groups and will work with former astronauts, scientists and trainers to come up with an idea for an experiment to be carried out in space.

The best idea will be built and launched to the International Space Station, where astronauts will carry out the experiment.

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Astronaut Touches Down for Renfrewshire Space School

July 14, 2014

A team of former NASA astronauts, trainers and scientists have touched down in Paisley to run an exclusive one-week space school for 200 young people.

Mission Discovery is an international educational programme which has never before been brought to Scotland.

Renfrewshire school pupils from S3-S5 will be the first of their age group to have the opportunity to take part in Mission Discovery. They will be joined by students from both the University of West of Scotland and West College Scotland.

In teams they will work with the experts to come up with an idea for an experiment to be carried out in space. The best idea will be selected, built and launched to the International Space Station where astronauts will carry out the experiment.

The space school will be led by an expert team including:
- Former NASA Space Shuttle Commander Ken Ham,
- Former NASA Astronaut Trainer Michelle Ham
- Chris Barber, Director of International Space School Educational Trust (ISSET) and founder of Mission Discovery
- Tara M Ruttley, Associate Program Scientist for the International Space Station (ISS) for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Johnson Space Centre (JSC) in Houston.
- Paul Colosky Jr, leading sports scientist who has worked with NASA on developing innovative exercise and health initiatives for astronauts in space

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Former Astronauts come to VU for Mission Discovery Camp

June 21, 2014

VALPARAISO | High school and college students will develop experiments beside former NASA astronauts Ken Ham and Jerry Ross, and former mission controller Michelle Ham this summer at Valparaiso University.

Ken and Michelle Ham and Ross will be in town for the weeklong Mission Discovery Camp, where students work beside professionals to develop experiments fit for low-gravity environments. At the end of the week, one experiment is selected and carried out on the International Space Station.

"We use space to get students excited about science, math and technology," Michelle Ham said.

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Spacing Out a New Generation on Mission Discovery

March 18, 2014

The January launch of the Orbital-1 resupply mission to the International Space Station featured a number of important milestones. Along with being the first successful mission to the station by Orbital Sciences Corporation as part of their Commercial Resupply Services contract, the mission also marked the inaugural spaceflight for a unique new educational endeavor geared toward international high school- and college-age students. Administered by the nonprofit International Space School Educational Trust (ISSET), the program, called Mission Discovery, seeks to inspire interest in careers within the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines and develop leadership potential by immersing students in space science and exploration.

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Michelle Ham on NASA TV for Mission Discovery!

February 26, 2014

Mission Discovery Lift-Off

October 1, 2013

Experiments designed by UK pupils sent to space for the first time

Experiments devised by secondary school pupils were launched into space last night as part of the International Space School Educational Trust’s (ISSET) Mission Discovery Programme at King’s. It is the first time UK students have had their experiments sent into space, where they will be carried out by astronauts on the International Space Station.

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