Lodi Rocket Launch Day 2018

The 2018 Lodi Rocket Day took place at the Orvis Ranch in Farmington on April 15th. 5 bus loads of students, teachers, and parents came out to experience the 3rd annual rocket launch event. This is the day students test their simulated satellites “CanSats”, radio equipment, and capture flight data. A learning experience is usually not seen like this until University. This project-based learning CanSat Program, is fully supported by the Lodi Unified School District and other districts in the…

CO2 on the International Space Station

CO2 on the International Space Station

Written by Michael Wilkinson, New York. Join us on ExoLab Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/353757648419746/ If you’ve been tracking the data from the ExoLab on orbit, you may have noticed something very interesting in the carbon dioxide levels. All winter they have been running extremely high, which is creating an unhealthy atmosphere on the station. You may have heard Scott Kelley comment on how his partner Amiko could tell when CO2 levels were up by his mood when…

Manteca Rocket Launch Day 2018

Now in its fourth year, Manteca Unified School District, completed its fourth Rocket Day! Good call by the President of Lunar Rocket Club, David Raimondi, on picking the date to launch despite concern on weather condition. From dense fog at sunrise, the sky cleared by 9:30 and it turned out to be a gorgeous and sunny day with almost no wind. Students come to Snow Ranch once a year to launch and test their CanSat in high…

Girls in STEM – Janelle Wellons at JPL

Janelle Wellons of Jet Propulsion Lab would like to use her story to inspire other young women to go for their dream with perseverance. We met Janelle Wellons, a recent MIT graduate, at the Engaging Girls in STEM event organized by Anthony Quan of the Los Angeles County Office of Education. Her smile, her positive attitude, and her story touched us and she became one of our advisors. Her mission is to engage and inspire more women to…

South African students are joining the ExoLab experiment on the International Space Station

South African students are joining the ExoLab experiment on the International Space Station

Trisha Crookes, CEO of I-Innovative, had the kick-off presentation of Magnitude.io ExoLab in South Africa. On behalf of all the US students and educators in the program, we are excited and welcome the students of Cape Academy of Mathematics, Science & Technology and Claremont High School in Cape Town joining us in April 2018 on investigating the effect of microgravity on living things. We are looking forward to discovering life in Space together with students on the other…

ExoLab time-lapse videos

ExoLab time-lapse videos

Check out the time-lapse ExoLab videos in some of the schools running the ExoLab experiment on ISS. John Muir Middle School in Lodi District School District   Lathrop High School In Manteca Unified School District   Hoover Middle School in Stockton School District

High Altitude Balloon at the Boy Scouts National Jamboree

High Altitude Balloon at the Boy Scouts National Jamboree

On July 25th, 2017, team Magnitude.io had an incredible experience launching a high altitude balloon at the National Boy Scouts Jamboree. The Mt. Diablo Silverado Venture Scouts began learning how to capture atmospheric conditions with the sensors on the CanSat a few months before the event through a series of lectures and engineering challenges. This included weather modeling, flight path predictions, and arranging for FAA flight approval by filing a Notice to Airmen. Everyone in the…

Learning and Assembling CanSat at Brock Elliott Middle School in Manteca Unified School District

Learning and Assembling CanSat at Brock Elliott Middle School in Manteca Unified School District

  Today I stopped at Brock Elliott Middle School in Manteca Unified School District to lend tech support. It was awesome to see Tim Dotterer’s class was totally engaged. They demonstrated teamwork and offered each other help on soldering and de-soldering. Their school district-wide Rocket Launch Day is in mid-March, they need to have their CanSats ready. These students are going to insert their CanSats into a high-powered rocket, capturing data on the velocity of the…

STEM Scholarships from PG&E

STEM Scholarships from PG&E

We have learned about this offer from Livermore School District. PGE has is offering more than 200 scholarships available in 2018. These STEM-focused or Employee Resource Group-sponsored scholarships range from $1,000 to $10,000. Applicants for ALL of the scholarships listed below must: Be a high school senior or graduate, have received GED certification or be a postsecondary undergraduate student. Veterans and adults returning to school are encouraged to apply Primary residence is a PG&E customer in California…