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Aim for excellence.

StratoStar makes it easy.

Students love projects with StratoStar… and admins do, too. StratoStar makes weather balloon projects easy for administrators.

Aim for excellence.

StratoStar makes it easy.

Students love projects with StratoStar… and admins do, too. StratoStar makes weather balloon projects easy for administrators.

Why It Works

Why It Works

You can launch a weather balloon with junior high, high school, college, or even grad students. Students of all ages love StratoStar projects.

StratoStar weather balloon projects can be customized for your school or program, which means your project will be unique.

StratoStar is cool. If you want to support your school's reputation of excellence, a StratoStar project can accomplish this.

Students use 21st Century Skills to conduct hands-on experiments they will design and execute using the atmosphere as their laboratory.

Schools everywhere are placing more emphasis on STEM.

Science

Students who participate in StratoStar projects have the opportunity to learn about earth sciences, physics, chemistry, and more. You can also customize your experiment to place emphasis on a certain field of science.

Technology

StratoStar projects give students access to professional grade technology and instruments to conduct investigations of the world above our heads at the edge of space.

Engineering

Engineering is seamlessly integrated into every aspect of our program. Students will learn engineering essentials that may pique an interest in pursuing engineering as a career.

Math

StratoStar’s program is designed to show how math can be used in the real world. By integrating math into a project-based learning scenario, it becomes more exciting to students who may otherwise be disinterested in math.

Take project-based learning to an entirely new level.

You already know you want your school to represent academic excellence, but how easy is a weather balloon project REALLY? You’d be amazed. StratoStar does all the legwork to build a custom project-based learning program. Ready to learn more?

High altitude balloon missions are exciting for students because it has both an air and near space component to it and you have to work over a geographical area. You are not confined to a lab or classroom.

Dr. Glen Kissel, University of Southern Indiana

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 a weather balloon project?

Weather balloon projects can impact all four areas of STEM education. Students plan, build, launch, and analyze a flight. Their efforts are rewarded the day of the experiment when they send a weather balloon to the edge of space. Our advanced GPS software tracks and reports data, and the entire flight is recorded on video so students can later play it back.

How can a StratoStar program fit into a STEM plan?

The Stratostar balloon experiments are customized to your curriculum. There are a lot of options since a weather balloon launch can involve physics, chemistry, earth sciences, and more.

Is StratoStar right for my school?

The StratoStar program can be adjusted to all levels of students from middle school through college and even graduate school. Incorporate basic science and chemistry concepts through advanced physics, meteorology, trajectory plotting and beyond.

Does StratoStar fit the Common Core Science objectives?

The goal of Common Core is to help make thinking a visible process, and to show the process of how students came up with their answer. A weather balloon project from StratoStar allows many opportunities for students to write about and reflect on their experiment , turning a fun experiment into an educational opportunity.

Is StratoStar useful to aerospace students?

Yes! StratoStar’s weather balloon program can be used to introduce a wide range of scientific topics. The whole StratoStar experience from beginning to end teaches the value of teamwork and applies project lessons that can apply to any field.

Can I plan a mission with multiple teachers?

Absolutely! StratoStar’s weather balloon project is designed to span across several disciplines. You could have an entire department of science and math classes come together for the experiment. Administrators can even work with StratoStar to incorporate other subjects like social studies and history.

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.

Can StratoStar fit in an AP curriculum?

Yes. Because of the hands-on nature of the project, StratoStar can fulfill requirements for AP Physics 1, AP Chemistry, and to some extent, AP Environmental Science. Visit the AP college Board’s site to learn more about these requirements: Learn About AP Requirements

How long will the StratoStar program take?

You can adjust the program to fit your curriculum schedule — that decision is completely up to you. For high school and middle school students, the StratoStar program can be a nice change from the cycle of classroom learning. For students in college and graduate school, the experiment is a valuable opportunity for independent practice.

Is StratoStar safe for my students?

The StratoStar weather balloon program has been carefully tested and refined and even used for NASA scientists. Our methods are in compliance with federal aviation and communications guidelines. We will also provide additional training you may need for retrieving the payload to ensure all students are safe and sound.

STRATOSTAR PROJECTS ARE FOR

Everyone

Junior High Curriculum

Jumpstart The Future

Students in our junior high program 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.

High School Curriculum

Teach Real World Skills

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, solve problems, analyze data, and create technical reports.

College Curriculum

Create A Path To Success

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 mission objectives. With the academic knowledge college students possess, the experiments are completely open to their creativity within the physical parameters.

Organizations everywhere are taking learning to new heights.

Students love it. You can do it.

It Works

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