A SUCCESSFUL COLLABORATIVE PROJECT IN ATMOSPHERIC GEOSCIENCE BETWEEN A 4-YEAR UNIVERSITY AND 2-YEAR COMMUNITY COLLEGE
The project is mutually beneficial for both colleges. Student groups from each institution independently design and prepare experiments. Launch and recovery activities are shared as are all data collected during flights that typically reach maximum altitudes of 90,000 to 108,000 feet (27,500 to 33,000 meters). Students from both colleges work together to complete the launch, tracking, and payload recovery activities. The data sharing flows in both directions, and includes not only numerical data but also digital photography and videos of the HAB as it travels from the ground to the near-space environment. HAB projects involve learning components that are much valued at two-year colleges: collaboration, teamwork, accountability, technology, and data generation and analysis. Yet without the collaboration HAB might never have started at CLC.
This project is funded mainly through the Minnesota Space Grant Consortium, which strongly encourages aerospace-related student projects and collaborations such the one described here. The funding is provided directly to Bemidji State University. While Central Lakes receives no direct funding from this source it benefits deeply from the collaboration. The purchase of ancillary materials and transportation is funded individually by each institution.