We’re excited about what our platform expansion will mean for student engagement in STEM education, and we’re grateful to our investors for realizing this important vision.

Doing cool things in space used to be just for NASA. Not anymore.

Ardusat, an educational company focused on exploring space from the classroom, has received a total of $1 million in seed funding from Space Florida, Fresco Capital, Spire, and other investors.

What does this mean? An expanded Experiment Platform, where K-12 and higher education students can now conduct experiments in space — because who doesn’t want to that — giving them a better understanding of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields.

“We’re excited about what our platform expansion will mean for student engagement in STEM education, and we’re grateful to our investors for realizing this important vision,” said Ardusat President Sunny Washington in a press release. “In addition to running experiments in space through our satellite program, students will be able to leverage their creativity to a broader range of possibilities, including sending experiments into the atmosphere on high-altitude balloons or attaching sensors to downhill skiers to collect kinetic data.”

Ardusat has also launched an open data repository, where students can publicly post results gleaned from their experiments. More sharing, more learning.

“Immersive programs, like the ones Ardusat is implementing, are just what we need in our school system to get more students excited about STEM careers,” said Space Florida CEO Frank DiBello. “It’s critical to engage our next generation of scientists and engineers early on. Providing hands-on opportunities to create and execute experiments in space is a wonderful way to make that happen. We are looking forward to seeing these programs implemented in Florida schools.”

Published 2/25/2015