Call for Student Experiments – High Altitude Balloon Project

Science Heads Inc. is pleased to announce the planned launch of a High Altitude Balloon (HAB) that will carry aloft experiments designed by local Middle and High School students.  The HAB is expected to reach an altitude of approximately 100,000 feet during its three hour mission.  At this altitude, experiments will be exposed to near vacuum conditions, temperatures around -50 deg F, and high levels of UV radiation, which is very similar to the conditions at the surface of Mars.

Students, either individually or in groups, are invited to submit experiment proposals to be included in the HAB payload.  Submissions will be evaluated based upon several factors including design of the experiment, supporting documentation and application of a scientific method.

The goal for this project is to inspire and educate. The exercise of designing, building, launching and evaluating the results of  an experiment will be a memorable learning experience.

Click to download an Experiment Submission Packet.

Experiment Applications are due by March 9th 2018.  Up to 5 payload experiment slots will be awarded to groups that submit proposals. The announcement of the winning submissions will be posted to this website on March 16th 2018.

The HAB launch is tentatively planned for Saturday, April 21st, 2018.  Weather, FAA clearance and other factors may require re-scheduling of the launch.  The launch itself will be open to the public.  It will a very exciting event – one that will demonstrate how much fun science can be!

We look forward to your participation in this exciting project.

Please fee free to contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Richard Stember
Executive Director
Science Heads Inc.

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!