MOSCOW HIGH SCHOOL
Near Space Engineering (NSE) has been a dual enrollment class at Moscow High School for 5 years as of this writing. Students enrolled in my honors physics class have the option of obtaining an Engineering 205/206 credit at the University of Idaho. Over the years approximately 50 students have taken advantage of the opportunity.
In this class the students design, fabricate, conduct, and analyze experiments that are sent up to an altitude of 90k to 100k feet on a high altitude weather balloon. At this altitude the experiments are above 95% of the earth's atmosphere with a pressure very near zero and a temperature that can reach -65 degrees F. In addition to student born experiments, we send up imaging equipment, both still and moving, and temperature and pressure sensors.
I would like to credit the many people from whom I have gotten information. While I have tweaked most of the ideas and have forgotten from where I've gotten them credit is due to people other than me. A lot of ideas have come from the following three sources. The University of Idaho's RISE program VAST. Montana State's BOREALIS program. And last but not least Paul Verhage has been a great source of information through his articles in both "Nuts and Volts" magazine and his efforts on the Parallax web site. In particular I would like to thank Dr. David Atkinson at UI for his efforts and the Idaho Space Grant.