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Thursday, June 23 • 15:00 - 16:00
CON08.05a - Engaging Youth and Aboriginal Communities with High Altitude Balloon Experiment

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In the past year, we have been collaborating with community partners including post-secondary institutions, high schools, and elementary schools across Canada to launch high altitude balloons to “near-space” to study the environment and engage youth and under-privileged groups in science and engineering. Using our low cost turnkey solution and complete set of instructions, our partners have successfully launched balloons and retrieved the payload afterward. The program has been used to reach out aboriginal communities in the Northwest Territories and Saskatchewan. In the session, participants will see the fascinating near-space footage and learn how a humble class project became a Canada-wide experiment to engage communities in science. We will also describe how the program can be used to motivate undergraduate students to engage high school students, and having high school students to engage elementary school students building a learning community and researching the environment.


Stephen Cheng

Dr. Stephen Cheng is the Faculty Associate of the Centre for Teaching and Learning at the University of Regina.

Additional Authors

David Gerhard

Dr. David Gerhard is an Associate Professor of computer science at the University of Regina. Drs. Cheng and Gerhard have been awarded an NSERC PromoScience grant for the National High Altitude Balloon Experiment program.

Thursday June 23, 2016 15:00 - 16:00 EDT
UCC 58

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