IRVINE CUBESAT STEM PROGRAM

University High School students, from left, Miles Huntley-Fenner, 16, Yarin Heffes, 15, Steven Li, 15, and Kento Zollinger, 14, examine a 3-D printed frame of at miniature cube satellite they made in class. Irvine high school students are teaming up to build a miniature satellite, called a CubeSat. The project is the brainchild of two Irvine dads, who have gotten the support of two scientists from NASA/JPL who are providing advice and assistance in their free time, local tech and communications firms, and $150,000 in seed money from Irvine Public Schools Foundation. ///ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: satellite2.0317 Ð 3/14/16 Ð LEONARD ORTIZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER - _DSC5060.NEF - Students at each of Irvine's high schools are teaming up to build and launch a miniature satellite, called a CubeSat, a year from now. Once in flight, the satellite's mission is to take pictures of the moon. The project is the brainchild of two Irvine dads, who have gotten the support of two scientists from NASA/JPL who are providing advice and assistance in their free time, local tech and communications firms, and $150,000 in seed money from Irvine Public Schools Foundation. Tinh Tran is the teacher leading the students from University High.

Project Overview

IPSF is proud to be the official funding partner of the Irvine CubeSat STEM Program. The program will provide hands-on STEM experience to foster interest in advanced technologies, to meet the rising demand for a highly-qualified work force in growing STEM-related industries. Irvine CubeSat also has an eye on creating opportunities for underrepresented groups in STEM-related fields, including women and minorities.

The Irvine CubeSat STEM Program endeavors to provide STEM educational resources to high school students, with the intention of inspiring the next generation of innovative thinkers and an emphasis on creating opportunities for under-represented groups in STEM-related fields, including women and minorities. Teams of up to 30 students each at five high schools located in the City of Irvine – Beckman, Irvine, Northwood, Portola, University, and Woodbridge high schools are joining forces to assemble, test and launch a CubeSat (nano-satellite) into low Earth orbit.

Teams for the program’s inaugural mission, Irvine01, were selected through a competitive application process in January 2016. Student teams have worked after school for over a year, hitting a series of milestones scheduled to keep them on track. An Industry Speaker Series provides students with expert insight into space, technology and STEM, enhancing their understanding of real world application of the skills they are learning. Other events include field trips for testing and a design review, both intended to deepen student understanding and learning through hands-on experience. The crowning event will be the actual launch of the CubeSat into low Earth orbit aboard a rocket from India, scheduled for Fall 2017.

Irvine CubeSat

Student Impact

Irvine CubeSat represents an incredible opportunity for over 125 diverse students to come together and gain advanced hands-on STEM experience with an emphasis on space. Students will not only assemble a CubeSat, but they will also participate in a professional team environment that challenges them to receive and process technical training in their team’s area of emphasis, collaborate with manufacturers to acquire components, and even participate in professional panel reviews of their work from experts such as JPL personnel.

Once the CubeSat is successfully launched, schools will engage in a variety of orbital maneuvers and experiments, including operating the CubeSat to position the antennae, solar panels and camera for optimal operation. The CubeSat will also collect data that students can practice evaluating and share for further study.

Partner colleges and universities are supporting the program, because they view it as a training ground for the next generation of great minds in space science. Beyond high school, participants will be uniquely positioned to pursue post-secondary education in a variety of science and space-related disciplines.

Irvine CubeSat Stem Program set for launch in fall 2017

Significance

The program will provide hands-on STEM experience to foster interest in advanced technologies, to meet the rising demand for a highly-qualified work force in growing STEM-related industries. Irvine CubeSat also has an eye on creating opportunities for underrepresented groups in STEM-related fields, including women and minorities.

The project is the first of its kind on the West Coast and, if successful, would be the first high school program in the U.S. to launch an operational CubeSat into orbit.

For more information, visit www.IrvineCubeSat.org 

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Team Stats

  • 150 Students from 6 Irvine High Schools
  • 35% of team members are female
  • 40 graduating seniors in 2017
  • Attending colleges and universities including UC Berkeley, UCSB, UCSD, and CalPoly SLO
  • Declared majors include Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Engineering Physics, and other STEM fields of critical importance to California industry
  • Irvine CubeSat STEM Program is poised to become the first high school team on the West Coast to launch a CubeSat nanosatellite!

Press & Updates

Irvine01 Team Update Summer 2017

Irvine students enter final phase of their mission to launch a satelliteLA Times- OC, August 10, 2017

Irvine Students to Launch Satellite They Built Into SpaceNBC News, July 27, 2017

Irvine high school students ready their mini satellite for launch into orbitOC Register, July 26, 2017

NASA Selects Irvine Cubesat Stem Program For Future Launch MissionFebruary 23, 2017

Irvine Students: To Infinity And BeyondIrvine Inspired, November 27, 2016

Irvine high school students move closer to satellite launchOC Register, September 29, 2016

Irvine high-school students hoping to launch satellite – ABC7, March 26, 2016

Irvine Students are on a mission to launch satelliteLA Times, March 26, 2016

Sky’s the limit for Irvine high schoolers as they seek to send a satellite into orbitOC Register, March 19, 2016