Science Heads has tentatively scheduled its next High Altitude Balloon launch (HAB3) for April 6, 2019.
Middle and High School Students and their teachers are invited to submit proposals for experiments that will be carried in the HAB3 payload. Students are encouraged to collaborate with their classmates. (Experiment Proposal Guidelines). Please check this page often for updates.
Proposals are due by March 6th. The winning proposals will be posted on this page on March 12th.
Science Heads successfully launched its second High Altitude Balloon (HAB2) on Saturday, November 10th, 2018. It carried six (6) student designed experiments.
The balloon and its payload reached an altitude of approximately 15 miles (80,000 feet). We successfully recovered the payload from a wilderness area near Aguanga California. The experiments were returned to the students and they analyzed their data. The students’ papers summarizing their results are listed below.:
Thank you to all of the volunteers who made this possible. Our RCOM, WCOM, LOPS and FOPS teams put in many hours and we greatly appreciate their efforts.
A special thank you to our sponsors: Praxair, SOARA, the City of Lake Forest and OC Drone Photography – who produced the short video above.
And thank you for supporting Science Heads and STEM education.
Science Heads appeared for the second time at Science Showtime, held at Golden West College in Huntington Beach. The event was on September 28th, and drew a big crowd as it had the previous year.
This time, Science Heads brought the Mobile Observatory to the middle of the campus. The event ran from 5pm to 8pm, which didn’t give an opportunity for viewing either the sun or night sky, but we had a great time talking about the solar system, and answering a lot of really good questions about space!
Our next public event will take us to Spooktacular at the Great Park in Irvine, October 13th and 14th. We hope to see you there!
On Saturday, April 21st, Science Heads launched it’s first High Altitude Balloon. In the payload were 5 student experiments from local schools. The balloon and payload reached the edge of space (approximately 109,000 feet or 20.6 miles in altitude) and landed in the inland empire.
Below are videos produced using footage from the on-board camera.
We are planning to launch two more HABs during the next school year. Stay tuned for details.
Since Science Heads is entirely funded through donations – it’s support from people like you that make it possible for us to inspire students and adults with projects like our HAB program.
Thank you for supporting Science Heads,
Science Heads Inc.
The City of Lake Forest held an Astronomy Night at the Sports Park, and Science Heads was there!
We brought a bunch of new astronomy-related science stations, including Eclipse on the Wall (see how eclipses happen), Twinkle Stars (why do stars twinkle?), Sunset in a Glass Dish (why does the sky turn red at sunset?), Pie Plate Solar System (can you make the Earth orbit the Sun?), and a revised Constellation Identification station (how many do you know?). Plus there were several favorites, like Glow in the House (everyday materials that glow under “black”light) and Relative Sun Size (Sun and planet sizes to scale).
Of course, we also had the mobile observatory and plenty of telescopes. None of the more familiar planets were up for the night (Saturn had set just after the Sun), but Richard was able to treat participants to view of Uranus as a ghostly blue dot in space. Our other telescopes were pointed at individual stars like Capella and Sirius, or star clusters like the Pleiades. Meanwhile, Brad showed off our outdoor display setup with Eyes on the Solar System.
We had a great turnout, and a lot of fun. We hope that the City of Lake Forest will continue these events.
Our Spooky Science program continues, this time at Montevideo Elementary School.
A great crowd turned out to see this event, our first time at Montevideo. The sky was cloudy, so we concentrated on the Mobile Observatory software, and all of our new spooky science stations.
The glowing stations outside were a big hit as always, and inside, the screaming cups and screaming balloons, spider sense webs, optical illusions, take-home experiments, and solar system size display were very popular. In the front of the school, our big, hands-on lever station got a lot of use, with students able to lift 70 pounds with one hand.
Thank you to our great volunteers for making this an amazing night out!
October 28th was International Observe the Moon night, and we were out doing just that! The Science Heads crew and members of OC Astronomers had their telescopes out, observing the Moon and several other goodies in the sky.
Thank you to our volunteers and the staff and volunteers at LCWP and Nix for having us out again!
Sorry, no pictures for this event, but we had a great time as always! Russ from OC Astronomers brought his massive 20-inch diameter telescope, and we had the Mobile Observatory running live video from the ISS, with Eyes on the Solar System outside.
In the quad area we had a full Spooky Science event, with over 20 stations, including objects that glow under “black” (UV-A) light, spider-sense webs, plasma sphere, take-home experiments, mathematical arts and crafts, and many more.
Wow! The Spooktacular Fun Days event over the weekend was a great one! We had hundreds of people of all ages come through our Mobile Observatory, and hundreds more stop by to tour the Solar System and pick up stickers.
Our voices were rough for a few days afterward, but it was absolutely worthwhile, and we’ll be back next year, for sure! Come see us then, or if you can’t wait, check out our Calendar for upcoming public events.
The fall season of Science Heads is under way with an event at Lake Forest Elementary School! We premiered our Spooky Science program, featuring our mobile observatory (MOBS), plasma sphere, exhibit of household materials that glow under UV-A (“black”) light, “blood” tub, optical illusions, spider-sense webs, and over twenty other great stations!
We were able to see Saturn through our telescope, and had quite a line of people taking a look. The MOBS also had live video from the International Space Station, and an outside display of NASA’s Eyes on the Solar System software.
We are just getting started on our Fall events. Stay tuned for more reports!
A big thank you to our volunteers who made this an outstanding event!