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James A. Flaten
Associate Director of the MN Space Grant Consortium and Contract Associate Professor

Presentations, Exhibits, and Events in 2017

(most, but not all, related to Space Grant)
  • MN Space Grant Exhibit of student-built aerospace hardware, Minneapolis Public Schools STEM Expo (for middle school students), Minneapolis Convention Center, February 2, 2017
  • Stratospheric Ballooning, presentation to College in the Schools physics teachers, U of MN, February 10, 2017
  • CubeSat-Ballooning Exhibit with AEM 1805 freshman projects class, U of MN, May 4, 2017
  • Stratospheric balloon flights with local schools on May 25 and June 7, 2017. (Over 10 additional balloon flights with U of MN stratospheric ballooning students in 2017.)
  • Host the Space Grant Midwest High-Power Rocket Competition, North Branch, May 20-22, 2017 (more details posted at
  • Hovercraft Astronauts and Newton's Law's of Motion, Mandarin Immersion Academy (4th grade), St. Paul, June 6, 2017
  • Parachutes, Eureka summer camp (9th grade), U of MN, July 6, 2017
  • Hovercraft Astronauts, Eureka summer camp (8th grade), U of MN, July 13, 2017
  • High-Power Rocketry and Stratospheric Ballooning Exhibit with ME 4090 summer class, U of MN, August 3, 2017
  • Eclipse Ballooning Exhibit and Public Talk (twice), Pre-Eclipse Block Party with Bell Museum, U of MN, August 13, 2017
  • Eclipse “expedition” to Grand Island, NE, to observe the total solar eclipse from the stratosphere, August 21, 2017 (more details, including video clips, posted at
  • MN Space Grant Consortium Exhibit (mostly on eclipse ballooning) at the MN State Fair, STEM Day (August 24, 2017) and U of MN building (August 27, 2017)
  • Eclipse ballooning exhibit at NASA Space Grant Directors National Meeting, Grand Forks, ND, September 14, 2017
  • Helped plan the 2017 ASEE North Midwest Section Conference, U of MN, September 28-29, 2017
  • Presentations at 2017 ASEE North Midwest Section Conference
  • Hosted the national Academic High-Altitude (Ballooning) Conference – AHAC 2017 – with Eclipse Ballooning as main theme, U of MN, October 27-28, 2017
  • Presentations at AHAC 2017 with students on the U of MN ballooning team:
  • Eclipse Ballooning and Opportunities for Teachers (presentation), Minnesota Conference on Science Education (MnCOSE), St. Cloud, November 10, 2017
  • Rideable hovercraft activity, YMCA after school program, Prairie View Elementary School, Eden Prairie, November 15, 2017
  • National Space Grant Eclipse Ballooning Project (presentation), MN Astronomical Society monthly meeting, Roseville, December 7, 2017
  • The Physics of Sound and Musical Instruments (presentation and demonstrations), Creek Valley Elementary School (3rd grade), Edina, December 8, 2017
  • Stratospheric Ballooning Exhibit with AEM 1805 freshman-projects class, U of MN, December 12, 2017
  • Astronomy visuals for “Night Songs” choir concert, University Lutheran Church of Hope, Minneapolis, December 14, 2017

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