Quest Institute for Quality Education Works With Microsoft to Bring Junior High STEM Education to New Heights

SAN JOSE, Calif.–Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) students at Valley Christian Junior High have been busy innovating with Microsoft, collaborating on the design and development of an IoT gateway that uses the power of Windows 10 IoT combined with the latest development tools from Microsoft to enable junior high school kids to bring their experiment to life.

The experiment represents the first time the Windows 10 IoT has been launched into space and demonstrates the power and utility of Microsoft’s latest operating system. The Quest NextGen experiment platform launched on October 17th with the Orbital resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) and students are already analyzing the wealth of data and videos downloaded directly from their experiment.

“Getting students excited about STEM learning is what this aspirational program is all about,” says Danny Kim, Director of Innovation at Quest Institute. “This project has truly been a great collaboration between Microsoft and Valley Christian Junior High students that has taken our work to the next level.”

Working side by side with developers, the students are creating a control platform for their space-bound, cube-lab experiments which will allow them to move physical objects in space using magnetic reactions on different types of metals. While this has been an amazing opportunity for the young students, Kim sees the benefits of this STEM project collaboration reaching far more than just one school. “We’ve created a simpler, next-generation programming solution that will put the power of Windows 10 IoT in the hands of student ‘Makers’ everywhere…even an elementary student can now learn how to program,” says Kim.

Using Microsoft Visual Studio to program the main monitoring module, students set up Lego Mindstorms as the experiment platform, which they can control and monitor using Windows 10 IoT Core. Powered by these programming tools and combined with maker boards, lower-cost micro-computers and automation, the system is capable of delivering dynamic, cloud-based updates to zero-gravity science experiments while in flight aboard the ISS—allowing students to control their experiments from thousands of miles away. Eventually, students will have access to the output data via Microsoft Azure to analyze their findings.

About the Quest Institute for Quality Education

The Quest Institute for Quality Education, located in San Jose, California, provides enriching programs for schools around the world in the fields of academics, arts and athletics via a personal Quest for Excellence™. More information at http://thequestinstitute.com and http://questforspace.com/.

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