Opening young minds to the wonders of Earth and space sciences is a NASA mission embraced by Wallops. Our long history of supporting education and our unique capabilities make Wallops an ideal laboratory for the development of aerospace education. Students of all ages benefit from Wallops programs and resources. We implement diverse activities, including rockets, balloons, scientific aircraft, remotely piloted aerial vehicles, small satellites, data instrumentation, and launch range projects.
NASA RockSat Program
These hands-on programs connect higher education students from across the United States with opportunities to fly their experiments into space on NASA Wallops Flight Facility sounding rockets. RockOn and RockSat started in 2008 and have provided thousands of students and faculty with real-world flight experiences and experimentation. Most students get started with RockOn, but it is not required.
Students from NASA’s RockOn and RockSat-C program work on their experiment before it will be integrated into a sounding rocket.
Student and Educator Opportunities
Wallops supports numerous programs that provide K-12, community college, undergraduate, and graduate students the opportunity to build and fly an experiment and engage in hands-on, authentic learning.
Wallops Education Center
The Wallops Education Center gives educators the opportunity to access NASA unique content. Educators such as teachers, home-school teachers, college faculty, and scout and after school program leaders have the opportunity to attend professional development workshops at the Education Center.
HASP is designed to carry student payloads to an altitude of about 36 kilometers with flight durations of 15 to 20 hours using a small volume, zero pressure balloon. It is anticipated that the payloads carried by HASP will be designed and built by students and will be used to flight-test compact satellites or prototypes and to fly other small experiments.
Cubes in Space brings young explorers opportunities to discover answers to their own questions. And what better way to give young imaginations and their boundless curiosity a place to soar than the chance to launch a design of their own into space?
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