Sacramento high school students will send a weather balloon into the stratosphere

Students at West Lake Charter High School in Sacramento prepare to launch a weather balloon they designed into the stratosphere. The non-profit organization Space4Girls has provided the school with a practical 12-week lesson plan where students can create their own experiments, work with a 3D printer to create the capsule and even monitor the weather to ensure good conditions. the day of the launch. The goal is to introduce more girls to potential STEM opportunities and careers. “It’s a unique prospect in terms of bringing STEM together, not just in jobs, but in entrepreneurship and penetration into the commercial space industry,” said science teacher Domina Stamas. at West Lake. Stamas herself has had the opportunity to explore the outer reaches of space through a NASA program that works specifically with educators. the name of the organization, Space4Girls accepts students of all gender identities as a way to foster inclusion and alliance. The organization also helps students think globally by pairing US schools with international schools. It’s often schools that need help with resources, and Space4Girls helps provide those resources to spread science opportunities around the world. The West Lake Charter High School team plans to launch their balloon from the Museum of Science and Curiosity from Sacramento. They even have a website where anyone can follow the balloon’s ascent. They hope to reach an altitude of 100,000 feet.

Students at West Lake Charter High School in Sacramento prepare to launch a weather balloon they designed into the stratosphere.

The non-profit organization Space4Girls has provided the school with a practical 12-week lesson plan where students can create their own experiments, work with a 3D printer to create the capsule and even monitor the weather to ensure good conditions. the day of the launch.

The goal is to introduce more girls to opportunities and potential careers in STEM.

“It’s a unique prospect in terms of bringing STEM together, not just in jobs, but in entrepreneurship and penetration into the commercial space industry,” said West Lake science professor Domina Stamas.

Stamas herself has had the opportunity to explore the outer reaches of space through a NASA program that works specifically with educators.

“I love everything about space and I love being able to inspire my students in any way possible,” Stamas said.

Despite the name of the organization, Space4Girls accepts students of all gender identities as a way to foster inclusion and alliance.

The organization also helps students think globally by pairing US schools with international schools. It’s often schools that need help with resources and Space4Girls helps provide those resources to spread science opportunities around the world.

The West Lake Charter High School team plans to launch their balloon from the Museum of Science and Curiosity in Sacramento. They even have a website where anyone can follow the balloon’s ascent. They hope to reach an altitude of 100,000 feet.