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SATLAB – Florida-Spain Small Satellites Education Program

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The NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC) has teamed with Telefonica, Satlantis and the  University of Florida (UF) to provide a unique experience to high school students from Spain and Florida that involves designing, building, and flying scientific payloads on a weather balloon that will reach an altitude of 100,000 feet (three times the altitude of commercial airliners). The project is jointly sponsored by Telefonia, FSGC, University of Florida and Satlantis

The Project involved a three-stage process that introduced joint teams of high school students of 15 to 16 years old in Spain and Florida and their teachers to the small satellite technology, and  culminated with a prestigious Summer School.

The main purpose was to grow interest and steer high school students to STEM-related fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) by implementing an extensive hands-on competitive program based on designing, building and flying scientific and engineering payloads on a weather balloon. Eventually, these payloads will be included in small satellites and launched using sounding rockets. The final stage of this program will allow the winning teams to build their payloads in Florida, and launch them from a location adjacent to the Kennedy Space Center. The cultural exchange of this international program combined with the educational knowledge in state-of-the-art space technology makes this program the first of its kind in the world.

–          First Stage of the Project: Teacher Training

The first stage of the Project was to train the teachers at each participating high school. Through web-based communications, interested teachers from each high school were trained on how to implement the design phase in their respective schools and how to assist and mentor the students who will take part in the project during the school term.  The training familiarized the teachers with flying scientific and engineering payloads on a weather balloon. Design parameters and payload objectives were established for the next phase of the program, which will include guiding and supervising students to produce a competitive design. The teachers were also given the tools needed to accomplish the design phase.

–          Second Stage of the Project: Competitive Design

The second stage of the Project is to introduce high school students to the payloads technology for small satellites in three main areas: Physical Sciences (including Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy, and Geology), Life Sciences, and Engineering. The program was carried out by the teachers who completed the first phase with weekly online support from the instructors selected by FSGC. Teachers were in charge of mentoring, instructing, and supervising the proposals for payloads to be carried out by joint FL-ES teams of six students each (three students from Florida and three students from Spain). Students  regularly interacted through web based methods (e.g., chat, video chat,) to discuss the projects at their respective schools.  This phase spanned from April 1, 2014 to May 31, 2014. At the end of the spring term, FSGC instructors reviewed all proposals and select the top design to move on to the next stage of the competition.

–          Third Stage of the Project: Summer School

The final phase was a two-week Summer School (July 14, to July 25, 2014) organized by FSGC for the winning joint teams of students and their teachers (eighteen students and six teachers).

The first week of the two-week workshop was  held at the University of Florida in Gainesville,  and involved building the payload based on the winning design. During the second week, the team relocated to the NASA Kennedy Space Center area where they integrated their payload on the weather balloon for launch and subsequent data analysis.

Winning team and design

5 teams (Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Foxtrot1, and Foxtrot2) participated in the competition. Each team comprised of 3 students from Gainesville, Fl and 3 students from Spain. The winning team was the Charlie team and their experiment was titled “How does the environment affect the power generation by solar cells in space?”


SATLAB Workshop photos

SATLAB Brochure


SATLAB Workshop Video


NASA-FSGC Engineering Academies

This program has been inactivated


The Math, Science, and Astronomy Summer Camp

The Math, Science and Astronomy Summer Camp  is a partnership of NASA Florida Grant Consortium, Santa Fe College and The UF Department of Astronomy. This camp is dedicated to providing enriching opportunities in mathematics, engineering, science, and astronomy for underrepresented and minority students from middle schools in Alachua County. The camp also includes a life skills component that introduces students to life skills in preparation for college and or transition into the work world and training in computer applications. Other training areas include problem solving, teamwork, collaboration skills, building a sense of community and leadership development

In 2011, the camp was held from June 13-18, 2011.  This  week-long camp was designed to introduce middle school youth in East Gainesville to the importance of Math, Science, Astronomy and Life Skills in their daily lives. It was also designed to increase their interest and begin to pave the way to careers in these fields of study. These sessions  provided many opportunities for students to learn by participating in interactive sessions, hands on activities and exciting projects. Some of the projects and activities included

In 2012, the camp was held from June 18-24, 2012. 35 middle school students were enrolled in the camp.  The purpose of the project was to provide a one-week summer camp for students in grades 6-8 with opportunities to learn mathematics, science and astronomy with hands-on activities. Students participated in regular classroom instruction, mentoring, hands-on interactive activities, field trips and took advantage of educational materials and resources provided by Santa Fe College, East Gainesville Instructive Program, The university of Florida, Eastside Highs School and other local community based partners. A life skills component was also integrated into the program. Materials used for the life skills program were provided by the ARISE life skills curriculum for middle school youth. The overall goal was to increase minority representation in the math and sciences, enhance life skills and help pave the way to careers in math, science and astronomy or other related fields.  Approximately 95%of the students were African-American.

Stardate Radio

The Florida Space Grant Consortium sponsors the Stardate radio broadcast at 10 radio stations in Brandenton, Dade City, Gainesville, Leesburg, Marianna, Miami, Orlando, Palatka, Panama City, and Tampa. The broadcasts are once daily for 5 days a week. In some cities the broadcasts are daily (every day and every week).

StarDate radio is the longest-running science feature in the country celebrated its 20th anniversary in 1997. StarDate began as a telephone message service and soon went on the air in Austin as a daily radio program, originally titled “Have You Seen the Stars Tonight?” With a new name and a grant from the National Science Foundation, the series began national distribution in 1978. Each month, StarDate offers a balance of astronomy and space-science topics. About half of each month’s programs are related to skywatching: eclipses, meteor showers, planetary conjunctions, stars and constellations, and so on.

Other topics are related to important anniversaries (the birthdays of important astronomers or anniversaries of key scientific discoveries or space-exploration accomplishments); recent discoveries in astronomy, astrophysics, and physics; Earth’s place in the cosmos; and a variety of topics that may be related only peripherally to the core subject of astronomy, but that help place astronomy in a broader historical, scientific, and cultural perspective.

Stardate Affiliates in Florida
City and State Station/Frequency Air Time(s)
Dade City, FL WDCF AM 1350 Mon – Sun 9:00AM
Gainesville, FL FIT Mon – Fri 6:29PM
Inverness, FL WJUF FM 90.1 Mon – Fri 6:29PM
Key West, FL WKIZ AM 1500 Mon – Sun 7:00AM
Mon – Sun 8:00AM
Mon – Sun 9:00AM
Mon – Sun 10:00AM
Mon – Sun 12:00PM
Mon – Sun 2:00PM
Mon – Sun 5:00PM
Mon – Sun 6:00PM
Mon – Sun 9:00PM
Mon – Sun 10:00PM
Leesburg, FL WLBE AM 790 Mon – Fri 12:15 PM
Marianna, FL WTYS FM 94.1 Mon – Sun 6:30AM
Orlando, FL WMFE FM 90.7 Mon – Thu 6:58PM
Fri 7:58PM
Palatka, FL WIYD AM 1260 Mon – Sun 10:39AM
Mon – Sun 10:20PM
Mon – Sun 2:40AM
Panama City, FL WKGC FM 90.7 Mon – Fri 11:58AM
St Augustine, FL WFCF FM 88.5 Mon – Sun 9:00AM
Tampa, FL WHNZ AM 1250 Mon – Fri 7:31PM
Sat – Sun 10:00AM

Workshop for Informal Educators

November 7-10, 2004
Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex

Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC), Johnson Space Center (JSC), Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), and Stennis Space Center (SSC) will host a Return to Flight workshop at the John F. Kennedy Space Center to prepare Informal Education venues (museums, science centers, planetariums) to help NASApositively engage the public in the excitement of exploration and human space flight. You will be presented with information, materials and learning opportunities to help the general public understand what has been done to safely return the Space Shuttle to flight.

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