Students in northern Colorado had a unique chance to work with an astronaut from their hometown while also competing for the opportunity to have their own experiment launched into space.
The Go For Launch! program, recently held at Fort Collins High School, attracted 55 students interested in space and science. The three-day event was brought in by Higher Orbits, a nonprofit that promotes leadership and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills.
During the workshop, student teams collaborated and developed proposals for space experiments. One proposal was selected to move on to be judged by a team of NASA and Aerospace industry engineers against the three other winners from Go For Launch! competitions in Illinois, Ohio, and Arizona. The overall winning experiment will be launched into space and be on board the International Space Station for a minimum of 30 days.