These are some of our favorite resources and links:
High Altitude Science – is the awesome website where we purchased the balloon, flight computer, parachute, temperature pressure sensor, and APRS. There are lots of great tutorials there too, and we spent a lot of time on their Balloon Performance Calculator.
GeekWire is a tech website that picked up our launch story and made it go viral. They provided us with all kinds of opportunities to meet interesting people, be on a podcast, share our story with other young scientists, and speak at their Summit as part of the Kids Panel.
buddingSTEM is a local online retailer that offers a complete line of girls’ clothes celebrating science, space, dinosaurs, and other things all kids love. We are very grateful to them because they arranged an interview with KING5, a photo shoot at the Museum of Flight, and a nomination to the White House Science Fair.
The B612 – Sentinel Mission is an organization dedicated to planetary defense against asteroids and other near-Earth object impacts. We met B612 founder and former astronaut Ed Lu at the GeekWire Summit and talked to him about our balloon project and his organization.
We were very fortunate to visit Blue Origin, the spaceship company founded by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. They made history by launching a rocket into space and then landing it vertically. Then they reused the same rocket and did it again. Read about our special visit here.
The Balloon Observation Platform for Planetary Science (BOPPS) Mission, under NASA’s Planetary Science Division, is run by Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU APL). They wrote to us and shared a bunch of really neat data and photographs of their gigantic balloon.
Central Welding Supply is where we got our helium from. They were super friendly and were really interested in what we were going to do with the helium. We’re not their typical customers!
Goldiblox is a toy company that focuses on encouraging girls to have an interest in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math by providing interactive toys that get girls building. They sent us a cool mini parachute and zipline kit as well as some neat hoodies.
GoPro is the popular action camera company; we used two of their cameras on our spacecraft. We had purchased one of them, but they kindly sent us a second one after we wrote to them explaining our experiment. (Our video was not a sponsored GoPro ad as some commenters thought.)
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is part of Caltech in Pasadena, CA, and is the lab where planetary robots and satellites are constructed and operated. They are responsible for Curiosity, the rover that is currently driving around on Mars, and a whole bunch of other space vehicles and missions. One of their engineering supervisors, David Seal, invited us for a special tour that was one of the coolest things we’ve ever experienced.
Khan Lab School is a new school started by Sal Khan of Khan Academy Mountain View, CA. Its mission is to be a model on how to provide a world class education to anyone, anywhere. They reached out to us after our first launch to discuss how we support learning.
Lean In is an organization that is dedicated to “to offering women the ongoing inspiration and support to help them achieve their goals.” Founded by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, they were interested in our project and sent us an autographed copy of her book of the same name.
We were surprised and pleased to be contacted by MIT, who sent us a very encouraging letter, a bunch of information about MIT, a couple of t-shirts and some stickers.
Ophelia’s Place is a prevention based organization dedicated to helping girls make healthy life choices through empowerment, education and support. Based in Eugene, OR, they invited us to be their keynote speakers at their annual conference called Girls Rule in April 2016.
Globalstar’s SPOT Trace satellite GPS tracker allowed us to track and find the Loki Lego Launcher after it fell back to earth from near space. Their website was easy to use, and the SPOT Trace worked all the way up to 60,000 feet, which we didn’t expect.
Svaha is a clothing company that “confronts gender stereotypes and empowers children to embrace their passions.” They sent us two pink t-shirts with astronauts on them that are among our favorite shirts.
The UW Department of Computer Science and Engineering brought us on campus for a visit around their building and in their robotics lab. We like how they are encouraging girls to be interested in engineering and technology. Check out our post on this here.
We had a very enjoyable visit with Vulcan Aerospace, where they talked to us about their launch platform called the Stratolaunch, which will be the airplane with the largest wingspan in the world when complete. Read about our visit with Vulcan Aerospace here.
Women of Silicon Valley is a website that celebrates women from Silicon Valley all over the world, with an emphasis on women in technology and engineering. They made a little exception for us (we’re from Seattle); we were honored to be featured on their website.
World View is a company that is working on bringing people up to nearspace using a giant weather balloon. Clients will be suspended in a capsule under the balloon and will be able to see incredible views of the earth. They sent us a signed copy of the Popular Science issue where they were featured on the cover.