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"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
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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.

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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.