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Satellite STEM Company Brings Outer Space to the Classroom

A unique EdTech company offers an out-of-this-world science, technology, engineering and math experience which takes students into outer space without having them leave the classroom. 

Ardusat empowers students to explore space from their classrooms, learning directly about the universe from small, cube-shaped satellites hovering in low-Earth orbit,” according to Dr. Frank Smith of EdTechMagazine.

“A variety of sensors on the satellites can measure phenomena in space or on Earth and then deliver the data to classrooms.”

Ardusat is an education technology company working to provide “unique opportunities to connect the universe to the classroom.” They also provide curriculum resources, professional development tools and materials to help educators provide the best experience in STEM learning, according to the company press release.

The company has seen success from their initial launch in August with just a few schools to amassing 44 schools spanning 12 states just six months later, according to the press release.

"We're excited about what our platform expansion will mean for student engagement in STEM education, and we're grateful to our investors for realizing this important vision," said Ardusat president, Sunny Washington, in a recent press release.

"In addition to running experiments in space through our satellite program, students will be able to leverage their creativity to a broader range of possibilities, including sending experiments into the atmosphere on high-altitude balloons or attaching sensors to downhill skiers to collect kinetic data."

Ardusat has featured the possibilities that their satellites will bring students. It will fully immerse students in a world with some of the most advanced experiments possible. Ardusat’s platform is also an attempt to help the U.S. Department of Education complete the goal of increasing the number of “college graduates in high-demand STEM fields.” Helping students learn early is a strategy that should carry over into higher education.

The company allows schools and educators to take a tour of their tools starting with a space kit. With increase focus of STEM learning, providing the technological tools to help students apply real applications looks to be in the forefront from companies like Ardusat.

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Article by Navindra Persaud, Education World Contributor

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