The Atlantis Educational Services will be hosting a 4 day academy called the Space Trek Academy at the Center for Space Education (CSE), Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (KSCVC) from December 11-14, 2018. The Academy is sponsored wholly by the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium. This Academy is open to all undergraduate students enrolled in a FSGC affiliated university or college (https://floridaspacegrant.org/about-us/affiliates/)
In this program, 16 college students will participate as one large team, with smaller technical units to successfully launch and retrieve a weather balloon, with a payload that travels up to 100,000 feet. There is no cost to the student, except for travel to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Students will be provided lodging for 3 nights (December 11, December 12, and December 13th). There is no reimbursement for travel. Lunch and dinner will be provided to every participant. Selected students will get a chance to have lunch with an astronaut and will also be given the opportunity to visit the KSC Visitor Complex, one afternoon.
After the balloon launch on December 14th, there will be an award ceremony where every participant will be provided a certificate of completion.
Students will learn about subjects such as meteorology, telemetry and how NASA takes different variables into account to perform missions, very similar to these. They will also learn about payload integration and how to plan and efficiently carry out a weather balloon launch.
The ﬂight computer will be designed to interact with 3 PODS (portable experiment computers) that can be programmed to connect with up to 10 sensors each.
Preparation will begin with the selection of 16 students for the program. Discussions on possible experiments, hardware & program will take place before coming to CSE, with the help of Space Trek instructors through 2 Skype Sessions.
For more information and to download the application forms, please go to the following website