Students at the Edge of Spaceby: Tillman Kennon, Ed Roberts, and Teresa Fuller

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Space travel, even low Earth orbit, is probably several years away for most of us; however, students and teachers can research the edge of space by participating in the BalloonSat program. BalloonSat is an offshoot of the Space Grant Consortium’s very successful RocketSat program. The Arkansas BalloonSat program consists of teacher-initiated projects that link the use of geospatial technology tools and community resources. This article describes the Arkansas program, which is an excellent example of a collaborative scientific program that makes learning real and meaningful for students.

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  • on Wed Jun 22, 2011 9:51 PM

In this article, The Arkansas Balloon Sat program is highlighted. It is a project funded by the Arkansas Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, which in turn is funded through congress and administered by NASA. Students are engaged in authentic learning using BalloonSats to investigate space. Students build the balloon-like satellites and suspend them from weather balloons. Teachers will find additional information about how the program works and how to receive training in order to implement the project at local schools. Through collaborative and cooperative group work, and authentic projects to work on, learning is made meaningful for students.

Carolyn M  (Buffalo Grove, IL)
Carolyn M (Buffalo Grove, IL)

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