Eight of the top 10 paying jobs are in STEM fields. Would you like to foster an interest in STEM for your child?
Does your child have the potential to change the world?
STEM is the future.
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Launch your child's future by fostering an interest in STEM.

STEM Education in school is the key to more choices for colleges, scholarships, and job opportunities in the future.  Want to learn how to inspire excitement about STEM education? Get our free ebook, which will provide:


•  An introduction to the importance of STEM Education


•  How to get STEM Education into the classroom


•  What you can do to support project-based learning at home

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A weather balloon project from StratoStar can get students excited about STEM education. Here's why:

The StratoStar program can be customized for any age. It's never too early or too late to get excited about STEM, right?


Your child can come up with the unique experiment for the project. Whether it's water bears, music in space, or an extreme egg drop, StratoStar always offers fun learning opportunities.


StratoStar is cool. Students are engaged in a whole new way because their hard work is rewarded in a near-space experience.


A weather balloon project with StratoStar impacts all four areas of STEM:

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Why is STEM so important?

A background in STEM coursework can lead to a much greater chance of college scholarship opportunity for your child.


Your student has a lot of job security if they pursue a STEM career. As much as 80% of jobs in the next decade require STEM education.


STEM innovations are making a positive impact on our future.


Big corporations all over the globe are supporting students with an interest in STEM. Companies such as the ones listed below may be interested in helping to bring a StratoStar program to YOUR school.

• AT&T


• Exxon Mobil


• Microsoft



• Time Warner



• Target

• Facebook


• Goldman Sachs






• Intel

• Siemens


• Amazon


• Dell


• Google


• HP

STEM Education FAQ
  • > What does STEM stand for?
    STEM stand for science, technology, engineering, and math.
  • > Why is STEM education important NOW?
    There are a number of reasons STEM education is a focus right now.  The main reasons are the performance of the U.S. relative to other nations in STEM education and the high future demand for these skills in the workforce.  Even though these subjects have always been a part of the curriculum, emphasis has been placed to reduce a likely gap in skills vs. demand
  • > Why weather balloons?
    Weather balloon projects can teach all 4 areas of STEM.  The students plan, build, launch, and analyze a balloon trip that culminates in launching a payload to the edge of space.  The whole flight is caught on video.  Sophisticated software incorporating GPS tracks and reports data.
  • > How does the USA know it has a STEM deficit?
    Through an international test called PISA, 15 year old students are tested every 3 years in critical skills like math and science.  In 2012, the U.S. ranked 36 in math and 29 in science (well behind other industrialized nations and below average worldwide).
  • > Can STEM skills impact scholarship opportunities?
    Major corporations are investing billions of dollars into the American educational system to boost science, technology, engineering, and math skill sets due to the projected shortfall of skilled workers in the future.
  • > What is the advantage of a career in STEM for my child?
    Already, the 8 of the 10 highest paying jobs are engineering, science, or technology related.  This is not projected to change.  The need for these skills will continue to rise.  At the same time, the supply of skilled workers is not predicted to keep pace. Furthermore, as parents, there is nothing more exciting than watching a son or daughter make a difference in the world.  STEM skills lead to innovations and improvements to society as a whole.  A large percentage of societal advancements are attributed to health, technology, and engineering skills.
  • > How can I help get my student interested in STEM?
    Supporting science interests at home is especially critical for parents.  Building solid foundations in math and science can lead to better absorption of more advanced STEM skills as the student progresses through junior high, high school, college, and graduate school.  Express your interest in supporting STEM education with your students' teachers.  It's a powerful voice you have.
  • > What other activities can help foster an interest in STEM?
    There are a ton of them.  Hitting the textbooks might not be the best way for your student to learn.  Try other things.  Fly remote control airplanes, watch cool YouTube videos of different experiments, check out code academy to learn HTML, etc.  The key is to find something fun to do together and exploring it in-depth.
  • > What other existing STEM resources are out there?
    There are no shortages of STEM education initiatives.  The National Science and Teachers Association provides a number of resources but is primarily focused on teachers.  NASA, the Federal Government, and a number of private organizations also maintain resources on STEM.

StratoStar works with junior high, high school and college students.

High School students participate in every aspect of conducting a high-altitude balloon mission.  High School students will put their book knowledge to the test in the real world as they develop the experiment. Students work in teams and learn what it takes to coordinate logistics, execute a plan, problem solve, analyze data and create technical reports.

College students utilizing the StratoStar program will plan and execute missions on their own.  Students will work in teams just like they would in the industry. They must coordinate between the teams to hit the mission objectives.  With the academic knowledge college students have, the experiments are completely open to their creativity within the physical parameters.


Students in our Jr. High programs have the chance to learn and work in teams to complete their experiments, which are launched to the edge of space.  For many of the students, this is their first experience with field work and a research project involving the scientific method.  The atmosphere and Earth become their own personal laboratory.

"This project was really fun.  I mean, who gets a chance to send something into near space?"
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StratoStar has worked with organizations across the nation to foster an interest in STEM education.
Students love it.


A StratoStar project is an investment in the community, a great PR opportunity, and a chance to develop the next generation of STEM leaders.  
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StratoStar exists to empower educators and unlock student curiosity through project based learning ideas. Working with education institutions, we start High-Altitude Weather Balloon programs to cover all areas of STEM curriculum and allow students to complete a real world project.




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