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Educ. Sci. 2013, 3(3), 259-278; doi:10.3390/educsci3030259

An Assessment of Educational Benefits from the OpenOrbiter Space Program

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Department of Computer Science, 3950 Campus Road, Stop 9015, Grand Forks, ND 58202, USA
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Department of Space Studies, 4149 University Ave, Stop 9008, Grand Forks, ND 58202, USA
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Received: 20 April 2013 / Revised: 1 July 2013 / Accepted: 2 July 2013 / Published: 10 July 2013

Abstract

This paper analyzes the educational impact of the OpenOrbiter Small Spacecraft Development Initiative, a CubeSat development program underway at the University of North Dakota. OpenOrbiter includes traditional STEM activities (e.g., spacecraft engineering, software development); it also incorporates students from non-STEM disciplines not generally involved in aerospace engineering projects such as management, entrepreneurship, education and fine arts. The value of the program to participants is analyzed quantitatively, in terms of improvement related to five key learning objectives. View Full-Text
Keywords: problem-based learning; experiential learning; small spacecraft development; interdisciplinary education problem-based learning; experiential learning; small spacecraft development; interdisciplinary education
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Straub, J.; Whalen, D. An Assessment of Educational Benefits from the OpenOrbiter Space Program. Educ. Sci. 2013, 3, 259-278.

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