The Arete STEM Project
The Arete STEM Project
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The Arete STEM Project has a vision and desire to help all students, whether from a public, private, parochial, or home school environment, to develop the competitive skills necessary to compete in the 21st century workplace. To accomplish this, we have designed a unique educational program whose main mission is to develop these skills by focusing on the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) design process. The skills developed through this process are lifelong learning lessons and are critical for 21st century success.




"My goal was to design and develop a program to inspire young students about their futures by showing them that science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) can lead to exciting and rewarding careers for the 21st century workforce. We are developing a STEM
educational space program for our country and bringing the benefits of space closer to our students."

- Steve Heck, President & Founder

Photo Credit:  ms.akr

Student teams will design, build and test an experimental payload for suborbital flight that meet Payload User Guide requirements. They will be assisted by expert mentors, complete an engineering design process class and receive classroom instruction. Milestones will be established for each phase to ensure that students accomplish their mission goals.


Student scientists will develop a further understanding of atmospheric science, physics, microgravity research, planetary science, earth observation and life sciences. They will implement a proposed design using the NASA BEST process cumulating in a suborbital flght. When the suborbital flight phase is complete, students will perform data analysis and publish the results of their experiments.


Arete STEM teams with Blue Origin to launch FOUR scientific payloads into Space!

New Shepard flew again for the seventh time on Dec. 12, 2017, from Blue Origin's West Texas Launch Site. Known as Mission 7 (M7), the mission featured the next-generation booster and the first flight of Crew Capsule 2.0. Crew Capsule 2.0 features large windows, measuring 2.4 feet wide, 3.6 feet tall.