Go For Launch!

Developing Teamwork, Communication & Leadership Through Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)

Series Winners Announced!

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

Main Benefits

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, or to find out about hosting an event in your community, please contact us at GoForLaunch@higherorbits.org or call 707-893-STAR

Go For Launch!

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 was developed to reach high school-aged students.


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.

Team Work

Broken into teams, students will work together for the entire event. Collaborative activities allow team members to 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 the Series, winning experiments will be launched to and conducted aboard the International Space Station or on a suborbital flight!

Go For Launch! Event Schedule


A winning team will be selected from each individual Go For Launch! event. Winners within each series will compete for the series title and the winning team of each series will have their experiments launched to space!

GLASS-z12 Series

2023 Series

Midland 2023 Series

MAMA (Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association) Series Completed

BRPH Series Completed

Midland Series Completed

See Past Go For Launch! Events