Student participants are given access to data downloaded from STEMEd’s satellites called STEMSats . Each STEMSat has an imaging camera operating in the visible and near infrared. Other and future STEMSats will be equipped with various science instrumentation including those used in the study of space weather.
Students learn how to write script-based programming instructions to the STEMSat(s). For example the instruction may consist of a command to change attitude, snap pictures and video snippets of space object(s) and the ground for later download to the school's Satellite Control Room.
Two to three times a year, a Teacher's Workshop will be conducted via in-person or on-line.
Annual Student and Teachers Conferences will be held where the students get the chance to present the results of their STEM research. This will give the students the training and experience in public speaking and communicating science to the public. The students' and teachers' papers will be published in the STEMEd, LLC STEM Conference Proceedings.
This is a space video game that students can use to challenge each other's STEM skills. The video game is tied to orbiting STEMSats and is used to hunt and laser-tag other STEMSats and Virtual Space Objects and Aliens.
A STEMSat Olympics will be held following the regular Summer Olympic Games where the students use their STEM and computer programming skills to hunt and tag their opponents' STEMSat(s). The students use the STEMHUNT software package.
Interested companies can sponsor the Teachers' Workshops, Technical Conference and/or the STEMSat Olympic Games. STEMEd, LLC can build a STEMSat for the sponsoring company. Once the company STEMSat reaches orbit it can launch a large deployable company logo. If the STEMSat is designed solely for space advertising and nothing else, its orbit will be chosen such that it de-orbits in less than a month so as not to be space debris in itself.
There is always some space available inside a STEMSat prior to launch. Articles of DNA and/or cremated remains from anybody can be launched into low-earth-orbit.