We're finally ready to announce the winners of the 2017 Best Educational Initiative Award! Congratulations to Levitate USM of Malaysia (1st place), BALYOLO European Astrotech (2nd place), and Putra Space of Malaysia (3rd Place)! See more information about the teams and prizes below.
Huge thank you to High Altitude Science and Smith and Williamson for offering amazing prizes for this year's winners!
First Place: Levitate USM of Malaysia
Levitate is a group of students from the School of Aerospace Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in Penang, Malaysia who just loves Space! They are part of the ‘Space Crew’ in USM Space System Lab that has a mission to spread awareness on Space Technology. They believe space has a ‘Wow!’ factor to encourage STEM education among school students.
See more pictures and info here.
This year, they win a
1500 g Weather Balloon and 1.0 m Parachute from High Altitude Science and a
Doongara from Smith & Williamson!
Second place: BALYOLO - European Astrotech of the UK
EAL started developing an educational outreach programme in 2013 to address the problematic lack of talented graduates available for recruitment into the space industry. ‘Space Balloons by EAL’ is a 12-16 week project for students aged 16-18 to design, prepare and conduct their own mission to nearspace using high altitude balloons. Since 2013 the project has expanded and transformed into a comprehensive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) project and we have launched over 20 balloons with local schools. Each payload is unique to the individual project group and the experiments are designed and created entirely by the students. EAL provide the equipment and essential HAB knowledge for the teams through weekly workshops, visits to schools and online discussions. Throughout the project we emphasize the parallels between HAB missions and the space missions that we work on for larger customers in the space sector.
See more information and pictures here.
This year they win a
600 g Weather Balloon and 1.0 m Parachute from High Altitude Science, along with a
Doongara from Smith & Williamson
Third Place: Putra Space of Malaysia
Putra Space is a team of aerospace engineering students at Universiti Putra
Malaysia. We are a team from Malaysia. By the name of aerospace engineering students, of course, we have a big passion for aviation and space technology. The team has been actively involved in research and development of Lighter Than Air (LTA) experimental platform such as High Altitude Balloon (HAB) and Hybrid Airship since 2015. The team aim has not changed since then which is to spread interest and passion about aerospace
engineering to the society. They returned to GSBC 2017 after winning the best video category in GSBC 2016!
More info and pictures here.
This year, they win a
350 g Weather Balloon from High Altitude Science!
Thank you again to High Altitude Science and Smith and Williamson for their support! For more information on our amazing sponsors, please read on below. Good Luck and Fly High!
High Altitude Science
We make it possible for anyone with a passion for space exploration to launch a science payload to the edge of space! We accomplish this by providing our customers with the highest quality weather balloon kits and supplies. We also provide free online tutorials and tools to make it easier for you to plan a successful mission to the edge of space. Whether you are a school looking for a science project to challenge and inspire your students, a research organization with specific science-gathereing goals, or just someone wanting to explore the edge of space, we are here to serve you.
Smith and Williamson
We are expanding what is possible with latex balloons. Our products enable you to control balloon flights that bring the advanced capabilities of zero and super-pressure ballooning available to you. Flights are affordable since our equipment utilizes low cost latex balloons. To ensure your flight is a success, we also offer on-location flight services and product training. Our equipment has successfully flown in deserts and thunderstorms for researchers, photographers, and enthusiasts around the world.