Educational Outreach

High Altitude Ballooning by European Astrotech Ltd (HAB by EAL) is a project designed to encourage the next generation of scientists and engineers in the space industry. We aim to teach A-level STEM students the scientific concepts involved in HAB, experimental research skills, and to demonstrate low-cost, accessible space exploration through high altitude balloon launches.

The process of design, preparation, and coordination exposes students to numerous career paths such as engineering, IT, photography, climatology and aerospace and allows them to directly engage with the tools and procedures used by scientists in those fields. Launching high altitude balloons engages students in the endless opportunities available in the space industry and ignites their curiosity in problem solving and creative design. The project set up is designed to mirror that of an ESA space flight missions so students gain first hand experience of how real space missions are conducted from start to finish. EAL will check progress after each phase.

Phase A - Conceptual study

Background about the space industry, learning outcomes from space exploration and relevant science. Students decide on mission goals and scientific experiments.

Design Considerations:

  1. Budget
  2. Design Changes
  3. Tracking capabilities
  4. Data return

Phase B - Preliminary Analysis and Definition

Students specify payload content, payload design, when to launch, target altitude and data to be collected, analysis of predicted path, and outline operations.

Phase C - Design and Development

Space flight system is designed and developed. The payload is assembled, tested and verified. Ground systems for tracking and telemetry are developed in parallel with the payload development.

Students will deliver:

  1. Mission goals
  2. Test plans for equipment
  3. Test reports
  4. Launch procedures
  5. Suitable launch requirements
  6. Payload design
  7. Fully tested and working payload
  8. Data analysis
  9. Presentation of results

Phase D - Mission Operations and Data analysis

Launching the balloon, obtaining and analyzing the scientific data for the mission objective. Presentation of the mission report and overall project success.

EAL provide:

  1. Introductory lecture
  2. Lessons (in person and online) about the science and engineering of Space Balloons
  3. Monitoring of deliverables 
    to ensure a successful mission
  4. All equipment
  5. Organise CAA permit
  6. Support at launch and recovery

Our course is accredited (Gold Award) by Industrial Cadets. As well as gaining a nationally recognised award, students benefit from the huge network of employers involved with Industrial Cadets. 

Waddesdon

High Altitude Space Balloons Waddesdon School

Berkhamstead

High Altitude Space Balloons Berkhamstead School

Primary Schools

HAB Junior is a new project designed to engage younger students in STEM subjects and encouraging them to investigate Space. We run two projects one for Key Stage 1 and the other for Key Stage 2, this allows us to provide information in a fun and interactive way that is suitable for all age groups.

Key Stage 1

This project includes 3 short presentations entitled: The Solar System, The Race to Space and The Moon. As well as this we demonstrate rockets in fun and interactive ways, including film canister rockets, water rockets and balloon rockets. In addition to this each student is provided with an activity pack, within these packs are all of the resources needed for the project as well as fun facts from each presentation, instructions for some of the experiments we do so that they can try them at home with their parents or even in a science class at school, word searches and much more. The project can be run over a whole day or split into weekly sessions.

The Solar System: 

  • Presentation about our solar system and the planets.
  • Interactive activity to map out the solar system
  • Make your own solar system Map

Race to Space:

  • Presentation about the Space Race and the first animals and humans in Space
  • Balloon Rocket Demonstration
  • Film Canister Rocket Demonstration
  • Design your Own Space Badge activity

The Moon:

  • Presentation about the moon and space expeditions to the moon
  • Water Bottle Rocket Demonstration
  • Building a split pin astronaut
  • What would you take to Space?
  • Design your own alien

At the end of the project each child will recieve an Intergalactic Passport to say they have completed there space mission.

 

Key Stage 2

This project includes 4 more detailed presentations entitled: Space: The Big Questions, The International Space Station, Gravity: What is it and how does it work?, and Rosetta and Philae. Each presentation is backed up with videos, demonstrations and fun interactive activities. 

Space: The Big Questions: 

  • Mapping out the solar system 
  • Making a water bottle rocket

The International Space Station:

  • Live views from the ISS
  • Chris Hadfield’s: A Guide To Life in Space
  • Tim Peake's Space Ping-Pong
  • Space Gloves Challenge
  • Make a film canister rocket

Gravity: What is it and how does it work?:

  • Gravitational pull demonstration
  • Defying gravity activity
  • Party Balloon Lift experiment

 

Rosetta and Philae:

  • Rosetta and Philae’s mission video
  • Make a balloon Rocket

 

Also included is an activity pack containing all of the instructions for all of the experiments, providing them access to try them at home, plus an additional Moon diary experiment that the students can complete at home should they wish. The pack also includes fun facts from each of the presentations, photos and word searches; there is a section to create a their own poster about the things they have learnt during the project. Finally the pack contains an ‘about’ section of the company European Astrotech and what we do within the space industry and a useful links page providing links to all of the videos from the presentations as well as other useful sites such as: NASA’s webpage, NASA’s gallery of space station photos, the BBC’s education page on Earth and Space, pictures from the Hubble Telescope and the European Space Agency’s “Kids” page which allows them to find out about recent space missions, play fun games and much more.