LCATS Mission1- Flag Day High Altitude Balloon Launch
On Thursday, June 14, 2018, LCATS students will end their first year curriculum with the launch of a high altitude balloon (HAB) on Flag Day. The vessel will contain various sensors and experiments, product of months of hard work by these middle and high school students. The grand finale of the LCATS students’ first year experience will take place on the lawn in front of the San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology (SAMSAT) at Port San Antonio on Thursday, June 14, 2018. Following the HAB launch, the festivities will move indoors at SAMSAT for the student recognition ceremony and tours of the museum. The launch will utilize skills learned over the year in and out of the classroom, giving students the chance to link classroom learning with real-world experiences. Over the next three years, these students will continue to build upon their technical skills concerning research and exploration in a lunar environment, ending with the writing of a comic book to share what they learned with other students. This launch will set the bar for middle and high school student space exploration programs across the globe.
Lunar Caves Analog Test Sites (LCATS) is a NASA-funded, science-based academic enrichment program that engages a pipeline of motivated middle and high school students from the UTSA Prefreshman Engineering Program (PREP) to help aerospace professionals solve space exploration technology development challenges.