Go For Launch!

Andromeda Division

High School Students



Congratulations DASA!

2016 Go For Launch! Andromeda Division Winners


From the Deerfield, IL Go For Launch! Program, DASA team members are Deerfield High School students:

  • Justin Bank
  • Chirag Goel
  • Dan Kambich
  • Zach Levy
  • Katharine Stecher

DASA's winning experiment is about testing the effects of radiation on living cells in space. It is currently scheduled to be launched to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX-12 in August 2017.

I'm thrilled to hear the news that the team from Deerfield won! They were focused from the start of our 3-day program, yet they had some local competition that pushed them. I hope this opportunity launches not only their experiment but also their futures in aerospace and STEM. Congratulations!

Astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger

We are extremely proud of our students' accomplishments, which extend their talents far beyond the classroom to the International Space Station. We are thankful to Higher Orbits for the opportunity they have provided our students in realizing their potential in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.

Kathryn Anderson, Principal of Deerfield High School

I'm so excited to see the experiment be created. To see it go to space is more than I could ever have imagined! I am so grateful for the opportunity that Higher Orbits offered me and the rest of my group. To see an idea that started a few months ago as a sketch on a piece of paper actually take shape and fly to space is a rare opportunity. The anticipation has definitely built, and I can't wait to see what answers our experiment brings back.

Katharine Stecher, Team DASA

As for how it feels to have my idea flown into space, it kind of doesn't register for a while what this actually entails, that our experiment will go up and actually be on the International Space Station, an object in space that I have seen with my own eyes. I don't know if an astronaut will actually touch it or if it will do its own thing completely autonomously, but the fact that I actually had a part in it feels pretty amazing.

Justin Bank, Team DASA

It felt pretty amazing when I learned we had won. After months of anticipation, hearing the announcement made all the work we did feel extremely rewarding. I was excited to tell all my family and friends about it. It will be very satisfying once our experiment reaches spaces and we start collecting data from it.

Dan Kambich, Team DASA

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