We are Levitate - a group of students from the School of Aerospace Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in Penang, Malaysia who just loves Space! We are part of the ‘Space Crew’ in USM Space System Lab that has a mission to spread awareness on Space Technology.We believe space has a ‘Wow!’ factor to encourage STEM education among school students. Therefore, we have decided to use HAB as a tool to spread the space education.
At the beginning of the program, We went to a number of schools for an hour of space education and talk. During this outreach, the students, and school communities have been inspired after giving a preview of the previous Global Space Balloon Challenge footage and telling the story behind it.
Next, we have conducted a space camp for secondary school students on 26th-27th August 2017. Throughout this camp, the first category (age 12 to 15 yrs old) students were exposed to problem-solving, generating ideas and critical thinking while the second category (age 16 to 18 yrs old) students were introduced to space technology.
The first category students were guided by the facilitators to create genuine ideas of experiments to be carried together with our HAB to space. Besides doing researches on the experiment, they also need to come out with an early hypothesis on how would their experiments be affected by the environment in the stratosphere and analyze the post-launch data with a descriptive presentation of how’s and why’s.
The CanSat technology and coding of the Arduino was introduced to the second category students. They were guided by an expert from the Space System Lab of USM and undergraduate students of USM in setting up the mission planner and troubleshooting the microcontroller. They are able to launch their very own CanSat in conjunction with the launching of our HAB but from the height of 3280ft above ground.
We have launched our balloon on the next day (28th August) at one of primary school in Lenggong, Perak. We launch at 1030 am and it was landed around 1230 pm near to Bukit Merah lake. This is our first time to land on the ground instead of the sea! But we still need the help from local as they provide a boat to cross the lake to retrieve the payload. There were four experiments have been flying up to 21 km altitude.
All the payload save! except one of the camera has lost.
This project was a great experience for us and definitely will do again next year!
The full report can be retrieved from this link :
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