Contact: Michelle Lucas
Higher Orbits


Nonprofit Uses Space Exploration to Foster Student Engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

April 27, 2016Leesburg, Va.—Higher Orbits today announced that it will host its first-ever Go For Launch! program at Wright State University in Dayton, OH June 22-24, 2016. Students in the Dayton area will have the opportunity to participate in the three-day program that that uses space exploration as a platform to launch student engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), STEAM (Art); teamwork; communication; and leadership.


Through their participation in Go For Launch! students learn about human spaceflight and get insight and feedback through a variety of talks delivered by experienced space and STEM professionals. Speakers scheduled to participate in this event include retired Astronaut Mark Brown, former ISS Flight Controller and Astronaut Instructor Michelle Lucas, Space Tango President Twyman Clements, Aerospace Engineer Dr. Jose Camberos and others. The goal is to illustrate the numerous opportunities that exist in STEM-related careers.


“It’s always a thrill to share my experience with the next generation of space explorers and show them just how much fun it can be, “says Astronaut (Retired) Mark Brown.


The students will participate in collaborative activities and develop the idea for a space experiment, which they will present to a panel of judges in the space and STEM fields (including an astronaut). The judges will choose a winner at each Go For Launch! event. Winners from each event in the division will compete for the divisional title and those winners will have their experiments launched into space.


“As someone who grew up in love with space travel but without many options to have interactions where I could learn more,” said Michelle Lucas, Founder of Higher Orbits, “I’m excited to be able to bring the Go For Launch! program right to students in their hometown areas. Space inspires and I can’t wait to share that message with the students in the Dayton area.”


Go For Launch! will run June 22-24, 2016 for high school aged students and will be held at Wright State University. Registration for students is $250 and includes all supplies and meals. To register, or for more information, please visit


“The Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), together with Wright State University and our many partners in STEM for the Dayton Area eagerly look forward to this first offering of Go-for-Launch for the City!“ says Jose Camberos. “The event has already generated strong and supportive interest from the community and we anticipate equal interest from local HS students. AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics) Dayton-Cincinnati Section stands by with volunteer mentors, along with students, faculty, and staff at Wright State and AFRL.”


Go For Launch! Dayton is made possible in part by the support of local sponsors Wright State University College of Engineering & Computer Science, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright State University Office of Latino Affairs, Regional STEM Collaborative, and AIAA Dayton-Cincinnati Section. Higher Orbits is supported by Intergalactic Sponsors: Space Tango, Kentucky Space, and eddi who help make all Go For Launch! events possible. Sponsorship opportunities are available at various levels for individual events, divisions, or the overall program. For more details please contact Michelle Lucas at or call 707-893-STAR.

About Higher Orbits

Higher Orbits is a 501(c)3 non-profit with the mission of promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); along with leadership, teamwork, and communication through the use of spaceflight. Mankind’s journey into space serves as an ideal launchpad to excite students of all ages about STEM and working to fulfill their dreams and ambitions. Higher Orbits uses a variety of programs and partnerships with other organizations to achieve these goals. To learn more visit


About Astronaut (Retired) Mark Brown

Mark Brown flew as a Mission Specialist on STS-28 and STS-48. To learn more, visit



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