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STEM-Related K-12 Outreach Using High-Altitude Balloon Program Collaborations

Claude Kansaku, Oregon Institute of TechnologyLinda Kehr, Ferguson Elementary SchoolCatherine Lanier, Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium


Introduction

  • “To the Edge of Space”

  • Collaboration between higher education and K-12 schools

  • Supports and promotes the teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in K-12 schools


Agenda

  • What is “high-altitude ballooning”?

  • Collaboration partners

  • Brief history of the collaboration

  • Outreach extended into education

  • Summary of results to date

  • Future plans

  • Questions


What is “high-altitude ballooning”?


The “Balloon Satellite”

  • “BalloonSat” vehicle is a latex weather balloon

  • Filled with helium or hydrogen

  • Capable of carrying lightweight payloads up to 80,000-130,000 feet

  • FAA allows for payloads of up to 12 pounds without special waivers

What is “high-altitude” ballooning?


LaunchOIT balloons have traveled between 30-90 miles downrange

The Typical Mission

  • BalloonSat ascends into “near space” until it bursts

    • Parachute system returns payload to earth

  • A chase team tracks and follows the BalloonSat flight in real-time

  • The chase team recovers the downed payload

What is “high-altitude” ballooning?


OIT / K-12 Roles

  • OIT’s LaunchOIT Program

    • Provides launch and recovery services

    • Provides K-12 teacher development

    • Participates in related activities

  • K-12 classrooms

    • Design science experiment payloads

    • All students encouraged to observe and participate in the launch

    • Representatives participate in the chase

What is “high-altitude” ballooning?


OIT provides “vehicle” and position reporting module

The Balloon Satellite “Stack”

K-12 classes design and attach science payloads

What is “high-altitude” ballooning?


Collaboration partners


Ferguson

Elementary

School

LaunchOIT

Balloon

Program

Oregon NASA

Space Grant

Consortium

K-12/University Collaboration

  • “To the Edge of Space”

  • Three entities form the collaboration

K-12 Outreach Mission Element

Collaboration

Funding in support

of NASA educational mission objectives

Collaboration Partners


How does NASA fit in?

  • National Space Grant Program

  • Present in all 50 states

  • Umbrellaed under the National Space Grant Student Satellite Program

Collaboration Partners


NASA Educational Mission

  • Activities fit within NASA’s recently deployed Education Framework

“To the Edge of Space”

Collaboration

The NASA Education Strategic Coordination Framework

(Taken from < http://education.nasa.gov/pdf/151156main_NASA_Booklet_final_3.pdf >)

Collaboration Partners


K-12/University Collaboration

  • Program Extension is sustained through a two-year pipeline cycle

Collaboration Partners


Launch

Payload

Receive

Training

Extension Model

  • Program Extension

  • Training for K-12 teachers through OIT’s “Journey to the Edge of Space” balloon class

Collaboration Partners


Launch

Payload

Launch

Payload

Receive

Training

Receive

Training

Extension Model

  • Program Extension

Collaboration Partners


Brief history of the collaboration


The Beginning

  • OIT began its balloon program in 2002

  • First successful launch and recovery in summer 2004

    • Public outreach at the Oregon State Fair

  • Serendipitous start in the fall of 2004 with Linda Kehr

    • “Seat-of-the-pants” science payload activity

Brief history of the collaboration


Launch

Payload

Launch

Payload

Receive

Training

Receive

Training

Extension Model

  • Program Extension

Brief history of the collaboration


Launch

Payload

Launch

Payload

Receive

Training

Receive

Training

Ferguson

Elementary

School

Extension Model

Year 1

  • Program Extension

Spring 2005 Launch

Brief history of the collaboration


Launch

Payload

Receive

Training

Shasta

Elementary

School

Ferguson

Elementary

School

Ferguson

Elementary

School

Ferguson

Elementary

School

2nd

Ferguson

Classroom

K-12/University Collaboration

Year 2

  • Program Extension

Spring 2006 Launch

Brief history of the collaboration


District

Elementary

TAG

Launch

Payload

Receive

Training

LaunchOIT High-Altitude Balloon Program Outreach

2nd

Shasta

Classroom

Shasta

Elementary

School

District

Elementary

TAG

Ferguson

Elementary

School

District

Elementary

TAG

Altamont

Elementary

School

Defense

STAR BASE

Outreach

Henley

Elementary

School

2nd

Ferguson

Classroom

K-12/University Collaboration

Year 3

  • Program Extension

Spring 2007 Launch

Brief history of the collaboration


District

Elementary

TAG

LaunchOIT High-Altitude Balloon Program Outreach

Year 4?

2nd

Shasta

Classroom

Shasta

Elementary

School

District

Elementary

TAG

Ferguson

Elementary

School

District

Elementary

TAG

Altamont

Elementary

School

Defense

STAR BASE

Outreach

Henley

Elementary

School

2nd

Ferguson

Classroom

K-12/University Collaboration

  • Program Extension

Brief history of the collaboration


Outreach into education


K-12 Classroom Experience

Outreach extended into education


In the Elementary Classroom

  • Not a fire-and-forget outreach

    • Former 5th graders return as 6th graders

Outreach extended into education


More Than Outreach

  • Not a fire-and-forget outreach

  • Outreach feeds education!

    • 21 Oregon educational standards addressed

      • Science

      • Mathematics

      • English/Language Arts

      • Technology

      • Social Sciences

Outreach extended into education


Collaborative Experience

  • Not a fire-and-forget outreach

  • Outreach feeds education!

  • “Authentic science” that is valued

Outreach extended into education


Collaborative Experience

  • Not a fire-and-forget outreach

  • Outreach feeds education!

  • “Authentic science” that is valued

    • A rich learning environment that connects

      • K-12 and university students

      • K-12 teachers and university faculty

      • Parents and the general public

Outreach extended into education


Supporting the Classroom

  • Not a fire-and-forget outreach

  • Outreach feeds education!

  • “Authentic science” that is valued

  • Professional development for teachers

    • ENGT 507 “Journey to the Edge of Space”

    • Experiential, hands-on learning

    • Peer mentoring in a learning community

Outreach extended into education


Summary of results to date


What has been the impact?

  • Seven K-12 educators have been trained

  • Over ___ elementary school students have been involved

    • __ Girls and __ Boys

    • Atmospheric science

    • GPS technology and applications

    • Designed science experiment payloads

Summary of results to date


Student/Parent Activities

  • Six student-designed science payloads have ascended to 80,000-90,000 feet

  • __ students have participated in the balloon chase and payload recovery

  • Over __ parents and students have participated in a preparatory “Breakfast with a Scientist” outreach

  • __ students have participated in a follow-on year

Summary of results to date


University Involvement

  • Six OIT faculty intimately involved in “Journey to the Edge of Space”

  • Truly multidisciplinary

    • Mechanical Engineering

    • Electrical Engineering

    • Computer Engineering Technology

    • Natural Science (Biology)

    • Mathematics

    • History

Summary of results to date


Future plans


Follow-on Projects

  • Intention of developing a “how-to” curriculum for elementary teachers that can be taken statewide

  • This spring, initiated a long-term study on the perceptions and attitudes relating to engineering study/career

    • 6th graders (1 year after)

    • 8th graders (3 years after)

    • Post-high school decisions (no planned mechanism, yet)

Future plans


Thank you!

Contact Information

Claude Kansaku (claude.kansaku@oit.edu)

Linda Kehr (kehrl@kcsd.k12.or.us)

Catherine Lanier (spacegrant@oregonstate.edu)

Questions

Questions


Snapshot of OIT

  • Engineering

  • Engineering Technology

  • Allied Health Professions

  • Recently added degree programs

    • Embedded Systems

    • Electrical Engineering

    • Applied Mathematics


Oregon’s Center for Health Professions is scheduled to open fall term 2007.

Snapshot of OIT

  • Engineering

  • Engineering Technology

  • Allied Health Professions

  • Recently added degree programs

    • Embedded Systems

    • Electrical Engineering

    • Applied Mathematics


K-12 Outreach at OIT

  • Pre-college and Sponsored Programs

    • Advanced Credit Program (ACP)

    • TWIST and GRAD Summer residential programs

    • ISEF Regional Science and Engineering Fair

    • MATHCOUNTS Competition

  • Oregon’s affiliate university for Project Lead the Way – national pre-engineering curriculum


K-12 Outreach at OIT

  • Pre-college and Sponsored Programs

    • Advanced Credit Program (ACP)

    • TWIST and GRAD Summer residential programs

    • ISEF Regional Science and Engineering Fair

    • MATHCOUNTS Competition

  • Oregon’s affiliate university for Project Lead the Way – national pre-engineering curriculum

4.5 day LaunchOIT high-altitude balloon workshop in 2006


Launch

Payload

Launch

Payload

Receive

Training

Receive

Training

Ferguson

Elementary

School

K-12/University Collaboration

Year 1

  • Program Extension

Spring 2005 Launch


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