Orbital ATK Offers STEM Education Program

Higher Orbits next month will host its first Go For Launch! program in the region at Orbital ATK’s Dulles headquarters.

High school students will have the opportunity to participate in the three-day program that uses space exploration as a platform to engage students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math; teamwork; communication; and leadership. Students will learn about human spaceflight and receive insight and feedback through a variety of hands-on activities delivered by experienced space and STEM professionals. Speakers scheduled to participate include retired Astronauts Frank Culbertson and Don Thomas, former ISS Flight Controller and Astronaut Instructor Michelle Lucas.

“Encouraging students to excel in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is an Orbital ATK core value,” stated Culbertson, president of Orbital ATK Space Systems Group. “We are honored to host this next generation of space explorers at our headquarters in Dulles, Virginia and inspire them to design innovative science experiments that could be flown to the International Space Station aboard our Cygnus spacecraft. By using our campus as a test bed for these activities, we can provide a team of mentors, teachers and role models that will guide these students towards new adventures in deep space exploration and beyond.”

The students will be challenged to develop an ideas space experiment, with a panel of judges. Selected candidates will compete to have their project launched into space. A Go For Launch! Project is scheduled for transport to the International Space Station next year.

The program runs Jan. 14-16. For registration and details, go to goforlaunch.space.

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