Come visit us this weekend at Open Sauce 2024!

Come join us at Open Sauce! Open Sauce is a celebration Of Makers And Creators at a two-day event in San Francisco at Cow Palace June 15 & 16. Explore interactive exhibits, get an up-close look at maker technology, attend talks, panels, and small workshops with top creators from YouTube. We’ve been invited to join our friends Bryan Murphy and Brittany Wellborn from ISS MIMIC  along with Liam Kennedy of ISS Above. ISS MIMIC is…

Reflections: Equinox in Australia

I am not the most avid social media poster. I don’t write as often as I should, preferring to curate and share the very cool things around the world that I think friends and colleagues would enjoy as I discover them. This post is an update on a recent trip. I hope you find it relevant whether you are in education or in a space related industry. Prior to 2022 I had never made it…

Rabbit Goes to Space: Igniting Curiosity and Inclusion Through Bilingual Science Education

At Magnitude.io, we are thrilled to announce the publication of “Rabbit Goes to Space” /”Conejo va al Espacio”. This captivating bilingual book takes readers on an extraordinary journey of discovery and resilience, merging science, storytelling, and hands-on activities. Made possible by the National Lab Research Award (GA-2022-8936), a generous grant from the Center for the Advancement of Science in SPACE (CASIS), this initiative aims to inspire and educate young minds by distributing copies of the…

A Weekend of Makers

Maker Faire is back! Before the pandemic Magnitude.io had been able to bring space experiences to Maker Faire in both the SF Bay Area and New York. It was so great to see old friends and make new ones at the Mare Island Maker Faire. The Magnitude team spent this last weekend with a few of our space friends sharing the past, present, and future of space exploration centered on the International Space Station.  …

The First ExoLab & What Comes Next!

Year 4. This was the 2016-2017 season. With the engineering expertise of our commercial service provider, Space Tango, and support from the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), Magnitude was finally headed to the International Space Station! Flown aboard the SpaceX-10 resupply mission, ExoLab-1 launched from Kennedy Space Center’s historic pad 39A on 19 February, 2017, and returned home 30 days later. The plant that was studied was the model organism Arabidopsis…

Opening up the Worldwide ExoLab Platform

The genesis of Magnitude was 10 years ago today! On that first day of summer in 2013, Tony and I decided to bring learning to the very edge of human discovery – and, with a bit of luck – the opportunity to bring others with us to peer over that edge. As a for profit company these experiences for the most part have been behind a pay wall. That changes today. Today, I am exhilarated…

Look Back: Year 6

The 2018-2019 year was the beginning of expanded international growth for Magnitude. We kicked the fiscal year off in San Francisco that July receiving an Innovation Award in STEM education at the ISS R&D conference. August had us joining a NASA contingent to Puerto Rico for university outreach. A partnership was launched in Germany with CodeDoor, and our South African NGO partner i-Innovate continued to reach underserved communities. Along the way we picked up 3…

Look Ahead: ExoLab NEXT! Look Back: Year 7, The Leguminauts.

Look Ahead: ExoLab NEXT As we mentioned at the beginning of the month, we have some exciting announcements to make. We would like to continue to extend access to space for students, researchers, and citizen scientists all over the world. Today we are excited to announce ExoLab: NEXT. An open source hardware initiative for anyone that would like to construct their lab to connect with the ExoLab network of science laboratories. The current form factor…

Look Back: Year 9. Promise and Uncertainty

2021-2022 was an extraordinary period for Magnitude.io filled with both promise and uncertainty. While the pandemic was raging, our work continued on. Great partners helped us redefine what these moments meant for learners around the world. ExoLab-9 launched aboard the SpaceX-23 cargo resupply spacecraft on 29 August 2021 along with 2,200 kg of payload to the International Space Station. ExoLab-9 carried Trifolium pratense (red clover) with the nitrogen-fixing bacteria Rhizobia leguminosarum for the second time…

So Fun Scholarship 2024 [Look Back: Year 10]

In honor of our co-founder, I am pleased to announce the 2024 So Fun Scholarship will open on 21 June.  Last year we had applicants from 6 countries, with awardees across 3 age groups. The scholarship program is in memory of the inspirational work of education leader and co-founder of Magnitude.io, Tony Fun Tong So whose middle name was literally “Fun.” Three $500-awards will be granted this year. Awards will be given, one for each…