The Perlan Project will provide teachers and students with hands-on experiences in planning, conducting and analyzing real science experiments at the edge of space. Working on real experiments at the edge of space will inspire young people to pursue further studies that will lead to careers of adventure in science and engineering.

Seattle Museum of Flight

In 1964 a small group of aviation enthusiasts realized that important artifacts representing the evolution of flight were being lost or destroyed at an incredible rate. To aid in the preservation of these artifacts, the Pacific Northwest Aviation Historical Foundation was established with the twin goals of saving significant aircraft and related artifacts and educating the public in terms of their importance.

It soon became clear that a place to store and exhibit these artifacts was needed, and in 1965 the first official Museum of Flight exhibits were put on display in a 10,000 square foot space at the Seattle Center, location of the 1962 World’s Fair. The concept for the Museum complex began to jell in 1975 when the Port of Seattle leased the land on which the Red Barn® now sits to the Museum for 99 years. The Red Barn®, the birthplace of The Boeing Company, was saved from demolition on its original location on the Duwamish River, and floated by river barge to its current location. It was restored in 1983 and became the first permanent location for the Museum. The Red Barn was eventually joined by the Great Gallery in 1987, the Library and Archives Building in 2002 and the J. Elroy McCaw Personal Courage Wing and Airpark in 2004.

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Steve Fossett and Einar Enevoldson soared the Perlan I research glider to a new record altitude for gliders of 50,761 feet in polar vortex induced waves over El Calafate, Argentina on August 30, 2006.  The Perlan I is now on permanent display at the Seattle Museum of Flight.


Wake Forest University is a private, independent, nonprofit, non-sectarian, coeducational research university in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, founded in 1834. The university received its name from its original location in Wake Forest, north of Raleigh, North Carolina, the state capital. The Reynolda Campus, the university's main campus, has been located north of downtown Winston-Salem since the university moved there in 1956. The Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center campus is located near the Ardmore neighborhood in central Winston-Salem. The University also occupies lab space at Biotech Plaza, at the downtown Piedmont Research Park, and at the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials.

In the 2014 U.S. News America's Best Colleges report, Wake Forest ranked 11th in terms of "Best Undergraduate Teaching" and 27th overall among national universities. Wake Forest has ranked among the top 25 universities in the nation 5 times, ranking in the top 30 for 18 consecutive years. Wake Forest has produced 15 Rhodes Scholars, including 13 since 1986, four Marshall Scholars, 15 Truman Scholars and 62 Fulbright recipients since 1993.


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Joint NSF grant application for science and technology training (STEM)  



Welcome to the Desert Research Institute (DRI), the environmental research arm of the Nevada System of Higher Education. DRI conducts cutting-edge applied research in air, land and life, and water quality across Nevada, the United States and on every continent. With more than 500 employees and two main campuses in Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada, DRI generates $50 million in total annual revenue.

We excel in basic and applied research and the application of technologies to improve people's lives throughout Nevada and the world. We implement this mission by fostering scientific and engineering talent. We apply scientific understanding to the effective management of natural resources while meeting Nevada's needs for economic diversification and science-based educational opportunities.

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Atmospheric and meteorological research


The Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) is the preeminent state supported residential high school with competitive admissions for Louisiana's high-achieving, highly-motivated students.  Students apply during either their freshman or sophomore year for the opportunity to attend the Louisiana School for their final two or three years of high school.  Consideration is also given to students who apply only to attend LSMSA for their senior year.  As a public school, there is no tuition and only a nominal room and board fee that can be reduced or waived. Established by the Louisiana state legislature in 1982, the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts belongs to an expanding group of state-supported, residential high schools founded to serve the academic, artistic, and creative needs of many of the state's best students. 


Create educational materials for 8,000 students and field research opportunities for teachers

Teachers in Space, Inc.

Teachers in Space, Inc. is a non-profit educational organization which stimulates student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by providing their teachers with extraordinary space science experiences and industry connections. Our professional development workshops for STEM teachers include personal and experimental flight opportunities, hands-on work with data sensors and remote device control, opportunities to meet and interact with scientists and developers at NASA and commercial space companies, and unique teaching materials and design contests to take back to the classroom. Teachers In Space, Inc. sparks a transfer of passion for space science and exploration from teachers to their students, preparing and encouraging those students to pursue further education and exciting, rewarding careers in the emerging space industry.

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Perlan CubeSat Contest

Perlan CubeSat Contest Selected Participants 2016



How You Can Help

You can help insure that the Perlan’s flight to the edge of space helps inspire students to become excited about science and math. If you know a high school teacher who might like to bring the Perlan Project into their classroom contact Ed at If you know a graduate student who needs a serious research project contact our chief scientist, Dr. Elizabeth Austin, at We also need volunteers to develop classroom modules for K through graduate levels and organize videos and scientific data online where it can be accessed.

Downloads & Resources

In the summer of 2015 the Perlan Project in Partnership with Teacher's in Space is offering training to teachers in the construction of Cubesat instrument packages to fly on the Perlan.
There are opportunities for teachers to be part of the perlan research team in Argentina in the summer of 2016
The Perlan educational website will be a resource for realistic real-world science modules in classrooms.
There will be available of events at schools and museums a portable Perlan flight simulator.