About Our Summer 2022 Program

Flight Experiments Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

The primary purpose of this program is to provide teachers with real spaceflight activities and equipment they can use in their classrooms. Through this, we hope to enable students to build and fly space experiments and gather and work with data from these and from satellites and spacecraft in flight. This is the next step in our Classroom Flight Experiments program, which began in 2012 with a NASA-funded weeklong workshop at NASA Ames for 30 educators.

Teachers In Space CubeSat

Workshops Will Be Held At:

  • Challenger Center, Las Cruces, NM – June 27, Monday, to July 1 2022, Friday
  • Cosmosphere, Hutchinson, KS – July 12, Tuesday, to July 16, 2022, Saturday
  • Intrepid Sea Air and Space, New York, NY – July 25, Monday, to July 29 2022, Friday
  • TBD (Portland/Brunswick), ME – Aug 8, Monday, to Aug 12, 2022, Friday

Workshop locations and dates will be finalized by year-end 2021.

Registration opens on February 15, 2022, and closes on April 15, 2022.

Pricing is expected to be around $500 per workshop, including daily breakfast and lunch.

Primary Objectives:

  1. This program strengthens the understanding of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) studies and careers through guided work in spaceflight experiments and engineering. It also provides direct and virtual experiences with professionals working at space industry companies and NASA.
  2. It introduces affordable, easy-to-use flight experiment equipment and flight opportunities to educators across the US. Through the program, we enable communities of learners to participate in authentic, hands-on exploration in STEM tied to actual spaceflight missions.
  3. This program teaches engineering concepts of project development phases, milestones, deliverables, and quality gates within the context of flight opportunities. It also involves participants in authentic iterative engineering.
  4. It enables participants to engage their students by preparing experiments for flights. Successful completion of required deliverables for the program will result in flights for the top 25% of experiments developed by participants with their students.

Draft Structure for Each Weeklong Summer Workshop 2022

Two Days Flight Experiments, Intensive Modules 1 to 3

This is a hands-on, in-person educators-only workshop. It includes Intro to Flight Experiments, Arduino Programming, and High-Altitude Balloon Mission. We provide four trainers per event, and everyone gets a TIS cubeframe and our Arduino Starter Kit. Breakfast and lunch for participants are included. However, travel, lodging, and dinner are not included.

Module 1: Intro to Space Research and Flight Experiments

Objective: Participants learn the types of space research suitable for flight experiments, affordable flight experiment equipment, vehicles, payload facilities, and they choose an Investigable Question. They are also expected to understand TIS program phases, deliverables, and quality objectives required for moving through the phases to flight.

Deliverable: Experiment Proposal Summary: Question to Test, Preferred Vehicle Flights

Module 2: Intro to Arduino and Remote Sensing

Objective: Participants learn to configure and program sensing experiments with Arduino UNO, various data sensors, and data recorder. They are expected to learn to manage and present resulting data for human understanding.

Deliverables: Built and Working Arduino Activities, Data Gathered and Downloaded to Spreadsheet With Proper Column Heading, at Least One Program Modified and Activity Successfully Repeated, Successful Troubleshooting of a Bad Program, Full Experiment Proposal: Hypothesis, Flight Choice, Equipment List, Testable Question and Expected Results

Module 3: Mission to the Stratosphere…and Beyond

Objective: Participants are taught about the importance of mission planning and control for balloons, aerospace, the Moon, and Mars. They learn to manage a stratospheric balloon mission by collecting pressure, temperature, and radiation data. The module also includes an introduction to bio-sensors for human health and safety on crewed flights. Hands-on work designing data collection for balloon experiments is included.

Deliverables: Experiment Design: Components, Circuitry, Data, Procedures

Two Days Flight Experiments, Intensive Modules 4 to 6

This is a hands-on, in-person, and fast-track Modules 4 to 6 of our Flight Experiments program intended for educators only. It includes data design and management, payload safety and integration, and satellite tracking and communications.

Educators will be grouped into teams in preparation for working with students in the academic year. Every team gets blog space on the TIS website to share experiment proposals, design, data, and team information. We provide four trainers per event. Breakfast and lunch for participants are included.

One-Day Balloon Flight

We will fly examples of our standard classroom cubekit experiments, which will be taught in the Summer 2022 Flight Experiments Program sessions. Program participants will be engaged in the planning, launch, tracking, and recovery of the payload.

Flight Experiments Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

These workshops are offered to high school science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers.

The Flight Experiments workshop offers hands-on, repeatable experience with suborbital and orbital experiment design and launch processes. Participants will build, launch, track, retrieve, and analyze captured data from weather balloon experiments, which can be recreated within a typical classroom budget.

Teachers will learn about commercial spaceflight, suborbital and glider and balloon flight, orbital satellite tracking and communications, satellite licensing, payload integration, payload testing, and simple, pre-made instruments. We will fly with teachers in gliders, balloons, and other vehicles. Teachers will work with pressure sensors, accelerometers, and dosimeters. The experience culminates with teachers participating in a weather balloon mission and recovery and working with the resulting data.

Leading the workshops are award-winning master teachers, including James Kuhl, Earth Science Teacher from Syracuse, NY; Joel Jackel, Astronomy and Astrophysics Teacher in Queens, NY; and Chris Murphy, Science Director and Balloon Mission Director from Gloversville, NY.

JPayne Perlan With CubeSat
Girls Try To Create CubeSat