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It's project based learning, made easy.
Students love it.
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Amazing experiments don't have to be difficult.
You are good at teaching. Planning a large project can be tricky for educators with demanding schedules. That's why StratoStar makes planning a project easy.  Download our free resources below to learn how you can easily take STEM education at your school to new heights.
Why It Works:

StratoStar’s Solution can be customized to meet your state standards in Science, Math, Language Arts and Engineering.

Students of all ages love it. Launch a balloon with junior high, high school, college, or even grad students.

Use your project to impact all four areas of STEM:

StratoStar weather balloon projects can be customized for your own unique experiment idea.

StratoStar is cool - when was the last time you touched something that went to the edge of space? Students are engaged in a whole new way.

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Why is STEM so important?

A strong background in STEM courses lead to a greater chance of scholarship opportunity for college-bound students.

 

More than 80% of job creation in the next decade will rely on advanced STEM skills.

 

Eight of the top ten paying jobs in the nation are STEM jobs.

 

STEM innovations are positively impacting our future.

 

STEM education initiatives receive strong support from the government as well as big businesses all over the nation:

• AT&T

 

• Exxon Mobil

 

• Microsoft

  Corporation

 

• Time Warner

  Cable

 

• Target

• Facebook

 

• Goldman Sachs

 

• CISCO

 

• IBM

 

• Intel

• Siemens

 

• Amazon

 

• Dell

 

• Google

 

• HP

STEM Education FAQ
  • > Why weather balloons?
    Weather balloon projects touch upon all four areas of STEM. Students can plan, build, launch, and analyze a flight. Their hard work is rewarded on the day of the experiment, when they send a payload to the edge of space. GPS software tracks and reports data, and the entire flight is recorded for later playback.
  • > How does StratoStar fit into a STEM plan?
    The Stratostar balloon experiments have room for creativity. A weather balloon launch involves physics, chemistry and understanding the earth sciences. You can put a real experience behind all those equations! Also, StratoStar allows you to customize the experiment so that it integrates seamlessly into your school's curriculum.
  • > Is StratoStar for my students?
    Stratostar offers programs for all levels of students from middle school through college and beyond! Our balloon launch can be modified for all levels of content from the most basic science and chemistry concepts through advanced physics,  meteorology, trajectory plotting and beyond.
  • > Does StratoStar fit the Common Core Science objectives?
    The Common Core aims to help make thinking visible, and to show the process of how students arrived at their answer. A weather balloon project allows many opportunities for students to write about and reflect on their experiment.
  • > Can I plan the StratoStar program with other teachers?
    Yes! StratoStar's weather balloon project was designed to span across many different disciplines. You can have an entire department of science and math classes come together for the experiment. High school administrators can incorporate other subjects like social studies and history. In the past, groups have turned the launch into an event for the whole school. Need ideas? The team at StratoStar can help you find a way to make your launch have the most impact.
  • > Is StratoStar useful to aerospace students?
    Yes, absolutely! Stratostar uses our weather balloon program as a platform to introduce a broad range of scientific concepts. The entire StratoStar experience from start to finish teaches the value of teamwork and applies project lessons that can carry over into any field.
  • > What corporations are involved in STEM initiatives?
    Major corporations are worried about the shortage of STEM skills in future workforces.  Corporations that depend on technology, math, science, and engineering are actively supporting STEM initiatives with grants and partnerships.  A few of these many strong supporters are listed on this page.
  • > How does StratoStar fit in an AP curriculum?
    Yes, it can. Due to the hands-on nature of the project, StratoStar satisfies requirements for AP Physics 1, AP Chemistry, and to some extent, AP Environmental Science. To learn more, visit the AP college Board's site:

    Learn About AP Requirements

  • > How long will the StratoStar program take?
    You can spend as long or as little as your curriculum schedule will allow—that decision is up to you and your administrators. For those in high school and middle school, the Stratostar program can be a welcome change from the cycle of classroom learning and test preparation. For those in college and graduate school, the experiment is a valuable independent practice opportunity.
  • > Is StratoStar safe for my students?
    The Stratostar program has been tested and refined and even used for NASA scientists. Our balloons and our method are in compliance with federal aviation and communications guidelines. Below the college level, parental supervision and school release forms are needed for students to be involved in retrieving the balloon. We will also train you and any other educational staff in all of the safety procedures necessary to conduct the experiment.

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.

There is nothing that can fit hands-on STEM like the StratoStar Program... My students have been able to test things in the real atmosphere which is constantly changing!...
 Andy Wilkins, Teacher, Noblesville High School
Schools all over the nation are taking learning to new heights.
Students love it. You can do it.

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