YOUR EXPERIMENT TO SPACE
The goal of this program is to expose elementary school children to real and working space technology in order to inspire awe and wonder, to wake up the engineer and scientist in them and to show them that this is something they can do, since early age.
The means of this program is to connect a computer in a classroom with orbiting meteorological satellites in real time to download images and teach them how to decode them.
It is based on the successful Ecuadorian Space Agency’s program of the same name, now 8 years old, with proven results that have been published in past IACs and indexed journals.
Average results shows up to 70% increase in STEM subject grades such as mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry, which historically have shown poor results.
When a student with a record of low grades in STEM subjects suddenly achieves excellence in them, the result is empowerment, belief in oneself.
The goal of this program is to allow high school children to fly their experiment to suborbital space and expose it to up to 5 minutes of microgravity in order to inspire the excitement and the life changing experience of participating in a real space mission on a real rocket, since early age.
The means of this program is to send a 500 grams payload into suborbital space using the Blue Origin’s New Shepard (NS) launch vehicle and teach them how to design real space science experiments, how to prepare real space payloads, collect data and analyze it to produce real scientific results.
It is based on the NanoLabs platform that has already more than a dozen payloads in development and getting ready to fly on board the NS launch vehicle by the end of this year.
The result that we want achieve here is to demonstrate to the students that dealing with space hardware and space missions is not only achievable for them, but actually is an exhilarating experience, therefore empowering them with the courage to follow their vocation as our future space engineers.
How it Works?
The students will be present during the launch and ready to recover their experiment
YOUR EXPERIMENT TO SPACE
The payload will be installed in the capsule which will separate and fly into suborbital space and after 10 minutes of flight it will descent in parachute for the payload to be recovered.
The cost of flying a 500 gram payload is US$20.000,oo which includes technical advisory, design advisory, certification tests, integration services and round trip air tickets for 2 people to be present in the launch of their experiment.
Each school will have an sponsor or ‘godfather’ that pays for the launch service, so the school do not have to. Yet, the school will have to cover the cost of developing the payload by itself..
To be eligible for the sponsorship, the school must demonstrate that they have a responsible and interested teacher as POC (Point of Contact).
Each sponsored school will need to submit periodical progress reports while building the payload to monitor the effectiveness of the program and a final report detailing how grades improved in the participating students.
This program is possible thanks to Blue Origin and NanoRacks who developed this platform at a very accessible price, EXA will serve as technical advisor and integrator for the Spanish/Portuguese speaking community.