Higher Orbits, MiSTEM Network, and Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association Team Up for Upcoming Go For Launch! Sault Ste Marie Event

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Katy Thompson



Higher Orbits, MiSTEM Network, and Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association Team Up for Upcoming Go For Launch! Sault Ste Marie Event

Higher Orbits Galactic HQ – May 26, 2022 – Higher Orbits is bringing Go For Launch! to Sault Ste Marie, MI thanks to stellar sponsor MiSTEM Network and Series Sponsor Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association (MAMA).

“Higher Orbits’ Go For Launch! is a tremendous STEM experience for EUP students with real-world benefits. Allowing students to learn from professionals in the fields of space and aerospace provides authentic application for STEM and is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for our region,” said Kevin St. Onge, EUP MiSTEM Region Director.

Higher Orbits is grateful for the support of MiSTEM, MAMA, and all the local organizations who have committed their support for the future of STEM at Go For Launch! Sault Ste Marie. These sponsors include:

  • Lake Superior State University
  • University of Michigan
  • GeoJump
  • Sault Ste Marie Economic Development Corporation
  • Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation
  • Cloverland Electric Cooperative
  • Old Mission Bank
  • Stan Kennedy
  • Maureen O’Brien
  • Highline
  • Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District
  • UPEA Engineers & Architects
  • War Memorial Hospital
  • Sault Tribe Thrive
  • Central Savings Bank
  • Precision Edge
  • Sidock Group, Inc.
  • Soo Co-Op Credit Union
  • Holiday Inn Express Sault Ste Marie

“Space Inspires! Our team of sponsors are helping provide an out of this world opportunity to the students of Sault Ste Marie. We are truly grateful for this stellar support and we are over the moon to bring the wonders of space and STEM to the students of Michigan,” said Michelle Lucas, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Higher Orbits.

Last June, Higher Orbits touched down in Michigan for Go For Launch! Alpena, their first event of the MAMA Series. The Higher Orbits team and Go For Launch! program is scheduled to touch down in Traverse City and Shelby Township for the final two events of the MAMA series. The winning experiment will be picked from amongst the 4 events to be launched to the International Space Station.

“Talent development and retention are critical to Michigan’s space industry future and that is why we are happy to support Higher Orbits STEM outreach program. Engaging Michigan youth in an interactive, dynamic learning setting to spark their interest to being part of America’s space program, is essential to our state’s success being a Space state,” said Gavin Brown, Executive Director of the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association.

The hands-on flagship program of Higher Orbits spotlights the wonders of spaceflight and space exploration to provide students across the country the opportunity to develop and strengthen their skills in STEM, teamwork, communication, research design, and leadership. While focusing on spaceflight, Go For Launch! students work alongside a featured astronaut at each event to learn and develop important skills that can be applied in any professional field.

Open to students grades 8 through 12, Go For Launch! Sault Ste Marie will be held June 14-16, 2022 at Lake Superior State University, the host partner for this event. Interested students can register online at: https://higherorbits.org/events/go-for-launch-sault-ste-marie/

About Higher Orbits

Founded in 2015, Higher Orbits is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization creating an experiential learning lab for secondary school students across the United States, focused on the multi-faceted worlds of space exploration, research, and spaceflight in order to launch the next generation workforce our world desires. www.higherorbits.org/

About Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association

MAMA’s purpose is to promote the aerospace manufacturing industry in the State of Michigan and, in connection therewith, to help shape a favorable legislative and regulatory environment, encourage innovation and productivity, facilitate employment growth, and increase public understanding of the industry and its economic contribution to the State of Michigan.


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