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.
Learn from an astronaut and other space industry experts!Durham County Library is excited to present Go For Launch!, a three-day program that uses space exploration as a platform to launch student engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM), while encouraging development of teamwork, communication, and leadership skills.
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.
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.
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.”