High altitude balloons aren't just for education. Sending a balloon to the edge of space is a very powerful image by itself, and incorporating everyday items can create a sense of exploration that is very moving. Even with all of the advancements made by NASA, the many Apollo programs, and the space station, space is still a very foreign world to us. It's exciting to see how attainable near space can be, and how it can still invoke powerful feelings from viewers when they see the videos below.
At StratoStar, we do a lot of work with STEM classes. In case you don't know, STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Lately, there's been a lot of discussion about adding Art to STEM curriculum (effectively making the acronym STEAM). There's a lot of chatter on both sides of the fence about this. Many scientists don't believe the Arts have a place in STEM learning. However, others argue that by excluding art from STEM projects, our future scientists will be put in a very limited box when it comes to creativity.
Something great about StratoStar high altitude balloon launches is how excited it can make the students and everyone else in the community. Ms. North of Indian Valley noted that school administration, including the superintendent, stopped by multiple times during each stage to see how things were going. Parents of the students even showed up to watch the launch and returned to Mission Control to watch footage from the onboard weather balloon cameras.
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HOW DOES STRATOSTAR SUPPORT STEM THROUGH PROJECT BASED LEARNING?
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Stratostar is an education company that travels cross country to start project based learning programs in junior high, high school, college, and graduate schools seeking to put a greater emphasis on their STEM Education initiatives.
Using weather balloons, easy to use software, and a teaching plan that has been implemented in schools at all levels, as well as, high profile government institutions, Stratostar takes students away from the textbook and into a real life mission. Your students will plan, build, launch, and analyze the results of a successful balloon launch that will travel to the edge of space complete with video and computer generated flight analysis. Sounds cool, right? Here's how it supports your mission of better STEM results:
It's easy to think of Stratostar as a weather balloon company. However, we are first and foremost an education company looking to provide unique ways to encourage STEM Education initiatives. We use weather balloons because we have found them to be the best vehicle for incorporating all areas of STEM and increasing education and absorption of subject matter.
Educational institutions and government agencies work with Stratostar as a partner to accomplish STEM based learning goals.
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Students typically read and watch videos about science, but with StratoStar we make science come alive for students because they become the scientist! Students will use their curiosity to explore the sky above in a real world mission to the edge of space.
Students use consumer technology every day to learn and be entertained. StratoStar allows students to use professional grade technology and instruments to conduct science and engineering investigations of the world above our heads at the edge of space. These are the same type of tools used by NASA and NOAA Scientists to conduct research.
Many student STEM programs put an emphasis on engineering for the fun factor and to complete the “E” requirement in STEM. StratoStar seamlessly integrates engineering into every aspect of our program for the purpose of completing a scientific investigation. This engineering philosophy builds problem-solving skills which will carry over into all areas of a student’s life.
One of the most frustrating parts of math for students is the formulas and equations are many times only applicable to students through a word problem or theoretical example. StratoStar’s program requires the students to use these same mathematical theories in a real-world adventure to the edge of space. This gives the students the incredible reward of using math to solve real-world problems they have experienced!
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Dr. Glen Kissel
University of Southern Indiana
Mr. Andy Wilkins
Noblesville High School