StratoStar STEM Education Blog

StratoStar's recent weather balloon launch was one of our longest yet!
StratoStar Tracks One of Our Longest Flights Yet!

Back in March, our StratoStar team was standing in Fort Wayne getting ready to launch a weather balloon to the edge of space. We worked with students at Blackhawk Middle School for weeks preparing for this exact moment. The students were excited as they said...

Bear Grylls spoke on empowering students by allowing them to embrace their fears.
How Bear Grylls Turned Fear Into Tenacity

When you think about Bear Grylls, you probably picture him climbing a mountain, jumping out of an airplane, or even chopping his way through a jungle in South America. As an adventurer, he’s known for his television show about surviving in the wilderness, but he’s...

Rockoons could be the next great thing in space exploration.
Could Rockoons Be The New Way to Space?

No, we didn’t make up the word rockoons and no, it has nothing to do with raccoons. Rockoons are actually a hybrid rocket balloon and they could end up being the new way we travel to space. The Problem With Today’s Rockets Rockets have become much more...

The Google Lunar XPRIZE is kicking off the next space race.
The New Space Race

There’s a new space race and we all need to be paying attention to it. In recent years, we’ve seen private space exploration become a popular topic. With companies like SpaceX trying to successfully explore space as private citizens, it was only a matter of...

The Rosetta space shuttle was launched into space to study a comet.
What Did Scientists Discover By Landing On A Comet?

In 2004, the European Space Agency launched its Rosetta spacecraft into space. The purpose of the mission? Travel through space and orbit a comet to gather as much information as possible. After traveling through space for a decade, Rosetta finally reached its destination, Comet 67P,...

Explore Mars like a NASA scientist!
Explore Mars Like A NASA Scientists

Mars has been a hot topic in recent years. Everything from landing on the red planet to human habitation to alien life has been talked about. The scientists at NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory have been studying the planet since before 2012. One of the most...

Smart boulders help track underwater avalanches.
Smart Boulders: Tracking The Movements of Abyssal Plain

Right now, more than 400,000 cubic feet of sediment could be hurtling along an underground canyon. With speeds reaching over 8 meters per second (which is almost 18 miles per hour), theses underwater avalanches often go unnoticed until the sediment settles or unless the underwater...