Postponed- Call for High Altitude Student Experiments

Because of COVID-19 pandemic the April 18th launch of HAB5 has been postponed to November.

Science Heads will be launching another of it’s High Altitude Balloons (HAB5) in support of STEM education in local middle and high schools. Students in grades 7 – 12 are invited to submit proposals for experiments to be carried in the HAB5 payload.

The guidelines for submitting proposals are documented below:

The deadline for proposal submission is: TBD

The HAB5 launch is scheduled for Saturday, TBD.

HAB/STEM launches are open to the public and are free to attend. Your students, their family, friends and school mates are all invited to attend. Join us for an exciting and fun day of science activities.

Science Heads Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization on a mission to support STEM education and raise science literacy.

HAB3 Successfully Launched and Recovered

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 were 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. The main experiment payload was recovered from the side of Palomar Mountain in San Diego county.

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:

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):