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Science experiments designed to get students excited about science.
5 Indoor Science Experiments to Try With Your Class

Science experiments are a great way to get students excited about science, but as the weather gets colder it can be a little difficult to conduct experiments. Unless you’re working in a lab, you may be limited on space and resources, which makes indoor experiments...

The race to the moon is still on with the Google Lunar XPRIZE.
Update on the Google Lunar XPRIZE

“I think we should go first to the moon and then further on,” says Johann-Dietrich Worner, the Director General of the European Space Agency. The Google Lunar XPRIZE, a space race that we first reported on in March is still very much underway. The competition...

A StratoStar high altitude weather balloon after launch.
Where were you on August 21, 2017?

This summer teachers and students across the United States had the opportunity to witness an eclipse of the Sun. If you were lucky enough to be in the path of totality, which stretched from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina, then you had the chance...

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How StratoStar Watched The Eclipse

Almost an entire month has passed since the eclipse happened, but the team at StratoStar is still on cloud nine. We loved sending two high altitude weather balloons to the edge of space during the event. Students from 25 different schools prepared experiments for the...

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...