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

Presentations, Exhibits, and Events in 2016

(most, but not all, related to Space Grant)
  • The Physics of Sound and Musical Instruments (presentation and demonstrations), Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies retreat, January 30, 2016
  • MN Space Grant Exhibit (of student-built aerospace hardware), Minneapolis Public Schools STEM Expo (for middle school students), Minneapolis Convention Center, February 2, 2016
  • Rideable hovercraft activity, Engineering Family Night at Echo Park Elementary, Burnsville, February 26, 2016
  • Host of the MN Space Grant Community College Quadcopter Challenge, U of MN - Twin Cities campus, April 15-16, 2016 (more details posted at
  • Stratospheric balloon flights with local schools, May 4, May 24, and June 4, 2016. (About 10 balloon flights with U of MN stratospheric ballooning team in 2016 as well.)
  • Eclipse-Ballooning Exhibit with CSE 1012 freshman seminar, Akerman Hall - U of MN, May 5, 2016
  • Live Video Telemetry of a Total Solar Eclipse from a Constellation of Stratospheric Sounding Balloons (poster), 2016 Scientific Ballooning Technologies Workshop, U of MN, May 10, 2016 (more details posted at
  • Host of the Space Grant Midwest High Power Rocketry Competition, North Branch, May 15-16, 2016 (more details posted at
  • The Physics of Bubbles, Summer Academy - Bubbleology class (2nd and 3rd grade), Columbia Heights, June 20, 2016
  • Hovercraft Astronauts and Newton's Law's of Motion, Summer Academy - Physics class (4th, 5th, and 6th grade), Columbia Heights, June 20, 2016
  • Parachutes, Straw Rockets, and Wind Tunnels, Summer Academy - Patterns in Math and Science class field trip (1st grade), Akerman Hall, Akerman Hall - U of MN, June 23, 2016
  • Introductory High-Altitude Ballooning Workshop for Teachers (including a balloon flight), Akerman Hall - U of MN, June 25-27, 2016
  • Technical High-Altitude Ballooning Workshop on Eclipse Ballooning Techniques (including a tethered balloon demonstration), St. Catherine University, June 27-29, 2016
  • Applying Newton's Law of Cooling when the Target Keeps Changing Temperature, Such as in Stratospheric Ballooning Missions, Academic High-Altitude (Ballooning) Conference, St. Catherine University, June 30, 2016
  • Development of a "Multi-cut" Payload for use in Stratospheric Ballooning Missions (poster), Academic High-Altitude (Ballooning) Conference, St. Catherine University, June 30, 2016
  • Hovercraft Astronauts, Eureka summer camp (8th grade), Akerman Hall - U of MN, July 6, 2016
  • Parachutes, Eureka summer camp (9th grade), Akerman Hall - U of MN, July 7, 2016
  • Using Weather Ballooning to Study Weather and Climate, Bell Museum's Our Climate: Weather and Climate Change summer camp field trip (2nd and 3rd grade), Akerman Hall - U of MN, July 27, 2016
  • MN Space Grant Consortium exhibit at the MN State Fair as part of STEM Day, August 25, 2016
  • Stratospheric Ballooning and High-Power Rocketry Exhibit in The Learning Jet (parked at the St. Paul Downtown Airport), September 17, 2016
  • The MN Space Grant - An Update, NASA Space Grant Midwest Regional Meeting, Ann Arbor, MI, October 8, 2016
  • Eclipse-Ballooning Exhibit at ACGSC Conference with MnSGC Ballooning Team, Akerman Hall - U of MN, October 20, 2016
  • High-Power Rocketry, Venture High (9th grade), Minneapolis, October 25, 2016
  • (Consultant on) Up, Up, and Away: Stratospheric Ballooning in STEM Education by Bloomington Public School District personnel, NSTA Minneapolis Area Conference, October 28, 2016
  • Approaching Spaceflight with Stratospheric Ballooning and High-Power Rocketry, American Indian Visit Day, U of MN, November 9, 2016
  • The Mysterious Physics Lab with the U of MN Society of Physics Students chapter, exhibit at the CSE Family Fun Fair, Coffman Union - U of MN, November 19, 2016
  • Stratospheric Ballooning Planned for the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017, MN Astronomical Society monthly meeting, Roseville, December 1, 2016
  • High-Power Rocketry Exhibit with AEM 1905 freshman seminar, Akerman Hall - U of MN, December 13, 2016
  • The Solar System (and the spacecraft we've sent out into it), Creek Valley Elementary School (3rd grade), Edina, December 14, 2016
  • Astronomy visuals for Advent service for "Holden Evening Prayer (Plus)", University Lutheran Church of Hope, Minneapolis, December 21, 2016

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