STEM+C Inc. creates bold, innovative challenges to capture our nation’s younger generation’s attention and spirit. STEM+C Inc. is bringing 6 teams of students, from across America, together for the ultimate STEM experience “Project Blackbird”. Each team will design, and build, a remotely controlled aircraft (UAV, unmanned aerial vehicle) that is capable of being towed up by a weather balloon to an altitude of 100,000ft. Upon reaching 100,000ft the UAV needs to be released from the weather balloon and flown back to Spaceport America. Each team is given 12 months’ worth of development time. During this time, the students need to ... more »
As an avid science fiction reader in high school, I bemoaned the fact that I was too late for discoveries on new lands on Earth and too early for discovery on the planets. Then came President Kennedy’s goal to place men on the Moon. The space age was suddenly here.
In 1969 I was a 29-year-old Assistant Professor at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. At that time, I had completed coursework for my Ph.D.—and lacked only the defense of my dissertation and certification in a second foreign language. My dissertation subject was the Geology of the Agrippa Region of the Moon, ... more »
On my 70th birthday, July 3, 2019, I found myself in Ithaca, NY. It's been maybe 20 or 25 years since I was last there, visiting Cornell and environs, where I received my BA degree in 1971. Carl Sagan was on the faculty during my undergraduate years, but I don’t think I knew of him, nor do I think I ever met him. As a freshman, I was a physics major with a goal of particle physics or astrophysics but that was to change.
I always had an interest in space, with my first memories watching failed Vanguard launches and successful ... more »