HAB3 Successfully Launched

HAB1 soars into the sky on April 21st, 2018

On Saturday, April 6th, Science Heads successfully launched its third High Altitude Balloon (HAB3). In the payload are experiments designed by students from La Paz Intermediate (Mission Viejo) and Woodbridge High School (Irvine). The balloon reached an altitude of 110,000 feet (20.8 miles) and traveled approximately 70 miles. We are currently in the process of recovering the payload from the side of Palomar Mountain.

This launch would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors and volunteers. Thank you! We will be posting pictures and video of the launch very soon.

Read the OC Register article


HAB3 Student Experiments Announced

Science Heads is pleased to announce that the following experiments have been accepted for the HAB3 payload.  Congratulations to all the students who submitted proposals.  The HAB3 launch is tentatively scheduled to occur at 11:00 am on April 6th,  2019 from the City of Lake Forest Sports Park.

Science Heads’ HAB launches are free and open to the public.  The launches are exciting family and STEM oriented events appropriate for children of all ages and adults.  You are welcome to join us on this fun day focused on science and supporting these students!

Testing the Effect of Ultraviolet Radiation and Extreme Atmospheric Conditions on the Efficiency of Wireless Power Transfer, Sarah Chen & Anshul Paul, Woodbridge High School (teacher: Ms. Jennifer Blackie)

Liquid Atmospheric and Temperature Experiment, La Paz Intermediate School (teacher: Dr. Boni Beck)

APRS Digipeater Design Experiment, Robert MacHale, SH CubeSat Committee.

HAB2 Successfully Launched and Recovered

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.

Student Papers:

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!

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):  

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.