Go For Launch!

Developing Teamwork, Communication & Leadership
Through Science, Technology, Engineering & Math


Winning experiments will be launched to the International Space Station to be conducted in space by real astronauts!

Go For Launch! is a multiday program (not overnight) that uses Space Exploration as a platform to launch student involvement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), STEAM (Art), teamwork, communication and leadership. This program is created and presented by Higher Orbits, a non-profit, and was developed to reach high school-aged students but can easily be modified for junior high or collegiate aged groups as well.

Students are immersed in the wonder of Human Spaceflight through a variety of talks delivered by experts in the fields of space & STEM: such speakers have included an astronaut, former International Space Station (ISS) and Space Shuttle Flight Controllers, Astronaut Instructors, scientists, and engineers. Students get insight and feedback from experienced space and STEM professionals whose goals are to illustrate the numerous possibilities that exist in the world of STEM. A unique facet of Go For Launch! is that the students will work with an astronaut throughout each day of the event.

Broken into teams, students will work together for the entire event. Nearly every talk features collaborative activity, before or after, where team members must work together to complete tasks for daily awards. These tasks are designed to build leadership and teamwork skills, as well as enhance communication skills. The culminating exercise is a design project. Each team must define and design a space experiment. At the conclusion of each program, the teams will present their ideas to a panel of judges from the Space & STEM fields, who will then choose a winner from each Go For Launch! event. Depending on funding, the experiment will either launch, or it will be in competition with a handful of other projects from the same series and the series winner will have their experiment launched to the International Space Station.

Go For Launch! is a unique and memorable experience that brings spaceflight to communities that might not otherwise have access to this. Space inspires! The Go For Launch! experience gives students experience and skills that can lead to success in any venture that requires imagination, leadership, teamwork, and problem solving skills. Higher Orbits looks forward to bringing Go For Launch! to your area!

For further details, please contact Michelle Lucas at GoForLaunch@higherorbits.org
or call 707-893-STAR

Go For Launch! Event Schedule

One winner will be selected from each individual Go For Launch! event. Winners within each division will compete for the division title and the winners of each division will have their experiments launched to space!

Cygnus Series

Centaurus A Series

Series Complete! SERIES WINNER - NESS from Deerfield, IL program!

Exomedicine Division

The Orbital ATK Division

Division Complete! DIVISION WINNER - The Saguaro Snakes from Gilbert, AZ program!

The AIAA Division - Middle School Events

Division Complete! DIVISION WINNER - Team Operation Galaxy X from the Herndon, VA program!

Andromeda Division - High School Events

Division is Complete! DIVISION WINNER - Team DASA from Deerfield, IL program!