Final Day of Go-for-Launch! Austin – Presentations

It’s been a fantastic first 2 days of our second annual Go For Launch! Austin at St. Edward’s University. We are excited to hear all the brilliant ideas the students who participated this year will present and want to invite you to join us for this!

You are welcome to join us for any, or all, of the following TODAY in Carter Auditorium (JBWS):

1:30-2:15   Talk From Astronaut Don Thomas

2:15-3:50   Student presentations of their experiment ideas

3:50 – 4:00  Overview of St. Edward’s University

4:00-4:30   Break with refreshments

4:30-5:00   Award Ceremony

KXAN Coverage for Go-For-Launch! Event

A former research assistant of Dean Gary A. Morris, Natalie Ferrari is now on the weather team at KXAN here in Austin and is helping to promote our upcoming Go-For-Launch! event at St. Ed’s.

As an undergraduate at the University of Houston, Natalie took Dr. Morris’ GEOL 4397 course on “Advanced Atmospheric Data Analysis and Laboratory” while he was a Visiting Professor for one semester in the Spring of 2008 and was on the launch team for Dr. Morris’ ozonesonde project.  Natalie made her way through the small-town broadcast meteorology market to arrive in Austin last Fall.

She kindly picked up and promoted our Go-For-Launch! event, scheduled for 11 – 13 July 2016 – the summer camp for high school students focused on leadership and team-building.  Students at the camp will design an experiment to be performed in space, with the winning project earning the chance to be built, flown to the space station, and conducted by the astronauts there.

Retired astronaut, Michael Foreman, will be in attendance for the entire 3-day event, serving as a mentor to the student teams.  You can follow him on Twitter.

For more information on Go-For-Launch! including scholarships and how to register, click here.  Space is still available.  Our registration deadline is 1 July!

Compete to Put an Experiment on the International Space Station: Go-for-Launch at St. Edward’s University, 11 – 13 July 2016

St. Edward’s University is delighted to work with Higher Orbits to host its first Go-for-Launch camp this summer, 11 – 13 July.  Teams of high school and college students will learn leadership skills and teamwork.  An astronaut will be in residence for the entirety of the camp.  With the help of all the mentors, student teams will design an experiment for the International Space Station (ISS).  A panel of experts will judge the student proposals, and the winning project will be built, flown to the ISS, and conducted on the ISS.  If the launch occurs in the USA, the winning team will receive an invitation to attend (travel costs not included — but seeing a rocket launch is really cool).

The cost of the three-day camp is $250, which includes lunch and snacks each day.  This is a day camp only (no housing).

Click here to register today!

Note that scholarships will be available, and there is an option on the registration form to register for as little as $10 with a commitment to fundraise with Higher Orbits partners (PopCorn Factory and FannieMae)!


For those of you who are NOT students, we are still recruiting mentors for the camp.  Contact Dean Morris for more information.