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backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, April 17 2015 8:17 PM UTC +00:00

About

     The Arete STEM Project has a vision and desire to help all students, whether from a public, private, parochial, or home school environment, to develop the competitive skills necessary to compete in the 21st century workplace. To accomplish this, we have designed a unique educational program whose main mission is to develop these skills by focusing on the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) design process. The skills developed through this process are lifelong learning lessons and are critical for 21st century success. The uniqueness of our program centers on the concept: How do we excite and challenge our next generation of students? We believe this can be accomplished by allowing students to use their creatively to design, build, and test microgravity experiments. We go one-step further by flying their experiments into space and then return the experiments to the students. These student experiments or payloads will fly on Commercial Suborbital Flights. A key factor to the success of our educational program is our unique relationship with one of the leaders in Commercial Spaceflight, XCOR Aerospace www.xcor.com/ and their Lynx suborbital spacecraft.

     So how does it all come together? Here are the basics: First, students reserve their experiment's payload slot on the Lynx. This is the start of their space adventure. Once the reservation is secured, students go through an Engineer Design Process to help them ready their payload (experiment) for suborbital flight. Through each stage of the design process students are monitored to help them reach their milestones/goals. At 90 days prior to the suborbital flight, students are contacted to begin the final phases before their payload is sent into space. This is a simple student progress check that allows student to communicate any successes or problems they are accruing. At 60 days, we can arrange for simulated flight-testing of the experiment and have all data sent to the student for any redesigns they may need. 30 days before the flight is scheduled all safety checks are accomplished. Next, the actual flight and return occurs, including the return of experiments and all collected data to the students. Finally, The Arete STEM Project hopes to help develop future scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians, as well as students willing to take on a life changing challenge. After having the opportunity to design, develop and fly their work into space and back, students will be ready and eager for any challenges they may face in the 21st century. Furthermore, our program has the potential to help launch a continuing educational program of research and discovery in schools. The Arete STEM Project will create a network of mentors to work with students on projects, and ultimately foster a state, community, business, and school relationship to accomplish our mission.

Risks and challenges

When is the first Lynx suborbital flight scheduled? Possible delays?

The first commercial flights to carry student designed and built experiments is currently scheduled for 2015.

If any delays to the current flight schedule occur, student experiments will slide to new launch dates.

What if the student or experiment is not ready for flight when scheduled?

Student experiments will fly when the student and experiment are ready. We will contact you at 90-60-30 days to help and check on statue.

Is tech support available? Yes. Contact us with your questions or concerns.

What is (are) the size and shape limits for the Student Experiments?

Student experiments should be designed to fit and work in a 10X10X10cm cube.
(4X4X4 inch). Combination of these cubes is available to a maximum size of 30cm length by 10cm height, 10cm width.

Can Arete STEM Project help with funding?

Yes, we will help generate fundraising efforts to offset costs. We have a 5013C: The Arete STEM Foundation.

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    Student Suborbital Experiment Sponsor. You pick a K-12 Student you wish to sponsor. Student uses your donation to design, build, and test an Experiment for Micro-Gravity (Suborbital). You receive updates and photos of .

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    Student Suborbital Experiment (10 cm cube) sent into Space aboard the XCOR Aerospace Lynx. You pick the student or students you want to sponsor. They develop, design, and build the experiment for flight. We do the rest.

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