Taylor Space Camp Features High Altitude Balloon Launch

Published: Jun 11, 2013

Student crews steady a high altitude balloon just before its launch.

Taylor University will host a Space Camp for students entering 6th grade and above Wed., June 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Euler Science Complex on Taylor’s campus in Upland, Ind. During the event, students will participate in hands-on activities that teach the science encountered during a high altitude balloon launch. This will be culminated by launching a balloon into near space, 20 miles above the earth’s surface. 

The Space Camp will be part of the Fourth Annual Academic High Altitude Conference June 26-28 at Taylor, and is being funded in part by a National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant. Professors and professionals in high altitude ballooning from around the U.S. will present papers and engage in discussions on ballooning in education (K-12 and undergraduate) and research.

As part of the grant, Dr. Melissa Mitchell and colleagues from Ball State University and the Burris Laboratory School in Muncie, Ind., developed the high altitude balloon activities.

Attending students and Taylor student research teams will track the balloon’s flight as professors from around the U.S. will add insight via virtual connections. Additionally, Taylor students will discuss a satellite they built with Taylor faculty that is scheduled for launch in December from the Kennedy Space Center. Tours will also be conducted throughout Taylor’s newly-opened $41.4 million, 137,000 square-foot Euler Science Complex by Taylor students who will also discuss the building's alternative energy resources of wind, solar and geothermal.

Dr. Pam Medows, Professor of Education at Taylor, Mr. Jason Krueger, CEO of StratoStar, and Dr. Don Takehara, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Research at Taylor, will present science classes based on high altitude ballooning. 

For additional information, contact Dr. Don Takehara (dntakehara@taylor.edu, 765-998-4606).