Harmony School of Innovation and Harmony Science Academy - El Paso students and teachers came together to launch very first mission in El Paso part of Harmony Near Space Project Program, which helps students develop 21st century skills initiated by Harmony`s very own STEMSOS model.
The launch location was a park East of El Paso. It took the teams 3 hours of chase to retrieve the payload at small town located 60 miles off El Paso, Cornudas TX. City of El Paso is located within the Chihuahuan Desert, which brought natural challenges to equipment recovery. There were very little access roads and absolutely no cellphone service, which made equipment recovery a lot harder than previous missions. Chase teams had to use a quad-copter drone, large off-road trucks and an ATV to locate in equipment while tracking the GPS signal. After the mission was successfully completed students and teachers left knowing that they just conducted Harmony Near Space Project`s mission #4 in a very unforgiving terrain. It was truly a great off-classroom STEM learning opportunity for all participants.
STEM SOS is a rigorous, interdisciplinary, standards-focused, and engaging STEM teaching approach that is teacher-facilitated, student-centered and directed through sets of project- and inquiry-based (P&IBL) projects. The Harmony PBL approach is to maintain the focus on standards-based teaching while enriching and extending the learning of students through PBL projects. The goal is to promote not only collaborative skills and student ownership of learning but also to promote student success in state and national standards.