Space Weather Balloon Workshop
This workshop will introduce 9th - 12th grade educators to the concept and utility of a helium balloon flight engineering challenge. The instructor, using the curriculum that has been mapped to national science standards, will assemble and launch a weather balloon.
At the conclusion of this workshop, educators will have the necessary tools to help students understand physics and experimental research concepts and to make space exploration accessible.
Cost - free to K-12 educators. You must register in advance!
Space Weather Balloon Curriculum (more info)
Edgar Andrew Bering III is a Professor of Physics and Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Houston. He holds degrees in physics from Harvard College (B.A.) and the University of California at Berkeley (Ph.D.), has spent 45 years as a research scientist and educator, and has published extensively.
He has made numerous expeditions to Antarctica, Alaska, and Northern Sweden, studying the earth's magnetosphere and the aurora. His magnetosphere work led to his involvement in the Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR) project, which seeks to create a plasma rocket for a future manned expedition to Mars.
Since 1990, Dr. Bering has also been involved in education and public outreach, seeking to inspire young students to pursue a career in science. In 2002 he created the UH Mars Rover Model Celebration for budding engineers in grades 3-8, which this past year involved more than 700 students, 60 teachers, 550 volunteers, and 1,000 parents.
He is the Chair of the AIAA STEM K-12 Outreach Committee for 2013-2014, and is leading the development of the AIAA Educator Academy Mars Rover Model curriculum module. He also coaches youth baseball, tutors kids in physics, and is an assistant scoutmaster.