Students and educators nationwide will have the opportunity to interact with NASA engineers and scientists through two newly developed NASA programs. The programs, developed at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, are designed to give both students and educators hands-on flight experiences through the use of NASA sounding rockets and scientific balloons.
The Wallops Balloon Experience for Education (WBEE) will provide an opportunity for high school educators and students to be involved in piggy-back balloon flights. WBEE will build upon an existing NASA program, High Altitude Student Project (HASP). Since 2004, the HASP program has flown 44 payloads involving more than 200 undergraduate students from across the United States. WBEE will involve teams of students and educators in classroom and hands-on balloon science activities. The teams will be given the opportunity to build their own science payload. The WBEE experience culminates with the launch of their payload onboard a NASA scientific balloon from the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Palestine, Texas.