Class room at the edge of the universe

A stratosphere flight offers your students a unique learning platform to acquire expertise in various science disciplines beyond the STEM-related subjects. Your students will learn enthusiastically while working in groups on the successful implementation of this space mission.

The table below shows examples for every STEM subject, which a flight to the stratosphere could cover.

Topics Suggestions for school lessons
Mathematics Solve equations
Graphs and functions
Quadratic equations
Root expressions
Calculating buoyancy and needed amount of helium
Evaluation of the flight route and measurement data
Archimedean principle
Temperature and heat transfer
Calculating the acceleration of the mass
How a parachute works
How a video camera works
Calculating the speed of sound
Soldering the power supply for cameras
Constructing the Polystyrene probe
Computer Science/Informatics
Recording and evaluation of measurement data
Programming a Datalogger
or Plug and Play solution: reading and understanding the technical data sheet of a Datalogger, recording measurement data, and evaluating the flight
Chemistry Substance properties
Organic chemistry
Why does helium generate buoyancy?
Influence of strong temperature changes (shown by own experiments of students)
Extreme pressure changes
Freezing point as a function of air pressure
English / Writing Marketing & PR
Writing in a technical manner
Academic texts
Project description
Sponsor acquisition
Writing press releases
Editorial support for the school homepage
Scientific research
Technical data sheets
Scientific methods Will be necessary for all experiments Phrasing questions
Prediction, test execution, analysis
Biology Ecosystem
Life on Mars or other planets
Organisms in the stratosphere
Tardigrades in space, life under extreme conditions
Earth & Space The Universe
Jet streams
Solar system
Weather: clouds, precipitation, wind, high pressure and low-pressure areas
Climate diagrams
Environmental pollution
Ozone layer, ozone hole
Greenhouse effect
Cosmic radiation
Layers of the atmosphere
The earth from above
Identification of cloud types
Pollution of the atmosphere
Weather forecast and pre-calculation of flight route
Ozone layer as UV protective shield
Depletion of the ozone layer by CFCs, ozone hole
Differentiation between the greenhouse effect and the ozone hole
Law Read legal texts Legal situation for Weather Balloons
Communication, methodological competence Communication
Understanding technical literature
Recognising and correcting mistakes
Project management
Drawing conclusions
Learning from mistakes
Presenting complex issues in an understandable way and in your own words
Media Video editing
Filming support of the project
Editing of videos
Creation of a photo story