HAB2 Experiments Selected

Science Heads is pleased to announce the experiments selected from the proposals submitted by local students. Congratulations to the winning teams and all of the students who participated!

HAB2 Experiments:

1. The Effects of Radiation on Mold. School: Irvine High School, Teacher: Ms. Archana Jain

2. Efficacy of Open Source Hardware for Analysis of VOCs Below and At 100,000 feet altitude.  School: Irvine High School, Teacher: Ms. Archana Jain

3. Effect of Cosmic Radiation Exposure on Undeveloped Film.  School: Irvine High School, Teacher: Ms. Archana Jain

4. The Effect of Ultrathin Shielding on Solar Radiation.  School: Irvine High School, Teacher: Ms. Archana Jain

5. Extreme Condition Seed Survival.  School: Irvine High School, Teacher: Ms. Archana Jain

6. Proof of a Round Earth.  School: Irvine High School, Teacher: Ms. Archana Jain

High Altitude Balloon (HAB) 2 is scheduled to be launched on November 10, 2018*.  The launch site will be announced soon.  Launches are free and open to the public.  Join us on November 10th to watch this exciting event, cheer on the students and show support for STEM education.

* Weather and other factors may require a change in the launch date.  Please check this web site for regularly updates and additional details.

Science Showtime at Golden West College

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!

Call for Student Experiments for November HAB Launch

Science Heads has tentatively scheduled it’s next High Altitude Balloon (HAB) launch for Saturday, November 10th, 2018.

All Middle School and High School students from Orange County, California are invited to submit proposals for experiments to be included in the payload.  Proposals must be in the format described in the Experiment Submission Guide Lines Document.  If interested you may request this document by sending an email to Richard@scienceheads.org.  Proposals are due by 5 pm PT on October 12th, 2018.

Science Heads’ HAB launches are open to the public.  Please visit this site again for an announcement of the location and time for the launch.



Inspiring Young Minds from the Edge of Space

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,

Richard Stember
Executive Director
Science Heads Inc.

HAB Launch – Part 1

HAB Launch – Part 2

HAB Brochure (PDF):  

Volunteer Organizating Meeting September 23rd

Science Heads needs volunteers for its 2018/19 program!  We need your help supporting STEM education in our local schools and raising science literacy in our community.

This is a great opportunity to have fun and make a real difference.  We invite you to attend our Volunteer Organizational Meeting.

When: Sunday, September 23rd ,  10:30 am – 12 Noon

WhereLake Forest Sports Park Recreation Center
(28000 Rancho Parkway, Lake Forest)

Below are just a few of the ways that you can get involved.  Even if you can spare just 2 hours once a month we would love to see you at this meeting.

Science Heads 2018 Program

  • Science Outreach Events
  • Mobile Observatory
  • High Altitude Balloon / Student Experiment Launch
  • Web Site / Social Media Development
  • Fund Raising
  • Newsletter
  • Public Relations

Please click to RSVP via email and take the opportunity to learn how you can inspire and educate.

Best wishes for the New Year!

Richard Stember
Executive Director
Science Heads Inc.
Volunteer NASA Solar System Ambassador

Astronomy Night at the Lake Forest Sports Park

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.

Science Heads Are Spooky at Montevideo Elementary

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!

Linda Vista Elementary Spooky Science at Trunk-or-Treat

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.

Science Heads at the City of Irvine Spooktacular Fun Days

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.