Higher Orbits Set to Launch to Madison County for Go For Launch! Alabama

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Katy Thompson



Higher Orbits Set to Launch to Madison County for Go For Launch! Alabama

Higher Orbits Galactic HQ – June 9, 2023 – Higher Orbits will be back at the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library for Go For Launch! Alabama 2023 thanks to support from Jacobs Space Exploration Group and BRPH.
“At the Jacobs Space Exploration Group, we are always looking for good opportunities to support STEM programs. We were drawn to Go For Launch! due to its unique approach. Mentoring by astronauts with the possibility of launching the participants’ science experiments into space creates an impactful setting to motivate the development of critical thinking and innovation,” said Jeff Haars, Vice President and Program Manager of Jacobs Space Exploration Group. “We also appreciate the program’s emphasis on developing leadership, teamwork, and communication skills. STEM jobs in Huntsville will continue to be in high demand and Go For Launch! is helping develop tomorrow’s technical workforce.”

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.

A part of Higher Orbits 2023 Series, this event will mark the second Go For Launch! in Alabama at the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library.

“Space Inspires! We are over the moon to work with even more stellar students in Alabama for this event. We are galactically grateful for the support of Jacobs Space Exploration Group, BRPH, and HMCPL for helping make this program possible,” said Michelle Lucas, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Higher Orbits.

The Diversity and Inclusion Coalition of Arianespace, Avon Machining, Burns & McDonnell, Iridium, and organizational partners, OBAP play an appreciated and impactful role in Higher Orbits’ ability to work with students across the country.

Open to students grades 8 through 12, Go For Launch! Alabama will be held June 20-21, 2023 at Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, the host partner for this event. Interested students can register online at: https://higherorbits.org/go-for-launch/.

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 Jacobs Space Exploration Group

Jacobs is challenging today to reinvent tomorrow by solving the world's most critical problems for thriving cities, resilient environments, mission-critical outcomes, operational advancement, scientific discovery and cutting-edge manufacturing, turning abstract ideas into realities that transform the world for good. With approximately $15 billion in annual revenue and a talent force of approximately 60,000, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of professional services including consulting, technical, scientific and project delivery for the government and private sector.

About BRPH
BRPH is a technically focused, creative architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) company providing solutions to mission-driven clients’ most challenging programs. Drawing from its technical AEC talent, the firm partners with clients in the aerospace, defense, manufacturing, commercial, education, entertainment, and hospitality markets to identify gaps in their program delivery and to create innovative solutions. Founded in 1964 to support America’s space program, BRPH is consistently ranked among the nation’s top firms and has completed a wide range of projects across the United States and throughout the world. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, BRPH operates regional offices in Orlando; South Florida; Atlanta; Charleston, South Carolina; Huntsville, Alabama; Seattle; Palmdale, California and Phoenix. For more information, visit brph.com.

About Huntsville-Madison County Public Library
This is the public’s library. Huntsville-Madison County Public Library (HMCPL) is a nonprofit 10 branch system that serves all of Madison County, Ala. For 200 years, the library has been dedicated to enriching the educational, recreational and cultural lives of communities in Madison County through materials, information and programs that foster a lifelong love of learning. In addition to the collection of over 500,000 items, HMCPL also provides outreach services, a BookMobile and BookBike, online services, training, an extensive digital collection, public-use computers, free Wi-fi, meeting spaces and much more. For more information about HMCPL and its services, please visit hmcpl.org.


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