On October 2, 2019, in partnership with two STEM education agencies, Magnitude.io and ISS Above, the Garvey School District hosted a Space Station Program Introduction Event at Rice Elementary School. Students launched a high altitude balloon with a tracker. They can now able to track the balloon on their cell phones. To track Garvey School District’s high-altitude balloon, go to: www.aprs.fi. Type kk6uuq-8 in the search box.
Staff from Garvey School District and more than 15 other school districts also came together to learn about launching a Space Station program at their schools. Some of the elements of the hands-on curriculum includes using an electronic device (“ISS Above”) that brings the Space Station to the TV, allowing students to see live views of Earth from external cameras and discover about the above earth international laboratory. They also learned about the opportunity to engage in exciting projects, such as: ExoLab, a biology experiment in the microgravity environment on the International Space Station, and CanSat, a simulated satellite that utilizes High Altitude Balloon & High Power Rocket Launch to conduct atmospheric measurement.