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Higher Orbits: Using space to engage students in STEM @ CES 2022

Higher Orbits space-based STEM educationFor generations, people across the globe have looked into the night sky and dreamed that some part of them would one day be able to go there. Over the past few years, the ability to purchase a ticket to physically travel to space has become a reality, though the costs are still incredibly high. However, for some, the ability to have a piece of their legacy in space is still a realistic possibility, thanks to the educational program at Higher Orbits Foundation.

What is Higher Orbits Foundation?

Did you know that there are over 1,000 satellites orbiting Earth right now? Higher Orbits uses this and other space-related facts to engage students in STEM education. They believe that space offers an infinite number of opportunities to learn, and their programs are designed to help students build the skills they need to succeed in life. Their first program (Go For Launch!) was a huge success, and they are excited to continue engaging students in science and math education!

What is Go For Launch?

Higher Orbits’ Go For Launch! program is a week-long camp that introduces students to the basics of rocket science and spaceflight. Students will learn about the history of space exploration, the physics of space travel, and the challenges of living and working in space. They will also have the opportunity to build and launch their own model rockets. Most interestingly, students have the opportunity to design an experiment that could be built and sent to the International Space Station!

This sounds like an incredible experience for any student interested in STEM, but Higher Orbits doesn’t stop there. They also offer programs for educators, to help them bring space into their classrooms. These programs are designed to engage students of all ages in learning, whether they want to be astronauts when they grow up or not!

If you’re looking for a way to engage your students in STEM education, Higher Orbits is a great option! They offer programs for students of all ages, and their camps are affordable and fun. To learn more about Higher Orbits Foundation, visit their website at higherorbits.org!

How can Higher Orbits help my students?

Higher Orbits Foundation’s goal is simple – they want to engage as many students as possible in STEM education. They believe that space provides an infinite number of opportunities for learning, and they are committed to helping more students explore those opportunities. With your help, they can continue reaching more classrooms and inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers!

Higher Orbits offers a variety of programs that can be tailored to meet the needs of your classroom. From learning about satellites and space travel to working on critical thinking and problem-solving skills, Higher Orbits has a program for your class! They also offer scholarships to help make their programs available to all students.


To learn more about Higher Orbits Foundation, to find out how to participate in a camp, or to get involved with the program, head to the organization’s website.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central and Christopher Jordan of The Talking Sound.

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Alviss.ai: Gain more knowledge from scientific research @ CES 2022

Alviss.ai Scientific KnowledgebaseIf you’ve ever had to do research for a science class in school, you know just how difficult it can be. Wikipedia is not a great source because of inaccuracies and information biases. Scientific papers are full of information but can be difficult to read unless you’re already an expert in the subject matter. Of course, you aren’t, or you wouldn’t be in the class. This is one of the problems that Alviss.ai is trying to address.

What is Alviss.ai?

Alviss.ai is an artificial intelligence software start-up building applications to extract insights from scientific data. The company offers personalized access to scientific publications and information for everyone.

The core of the company is in the indexing technology. Currently, the company has indexed more than 100 million scientific papers, extracting essential information. Using this database, the company produces applications with various applications to give people access to the information that has been gathered.

The Alviss.ai applications

There are two main applications currently available from Alviss.ai: Alviss Assistant and Read Science Better. They also offer some tools for professionals through their Professional Dashboard.

Alviss Assistant

Alviss Assistant is an application that helps you in your quest to research. You can ask the system questions and receive answers, all powered by the company’s knowledge base. You can also save your question and answer pairs for future reference, as well as save them as digital flashcards to test yourself.

The Alviss Assistant is available now from the Apple App Store (iOS), Google Play (Android), and HUAWEI AppGallery (HUAWEI Android phones).

Read Science Better

Read Science Better is an application that takes scientific papers and makes them readable for people without a scientific background. It extracts the most important information from papers and presents it in a way that is easy to understand.

The app also allows you to keep up with the latest news in science. It uses the company’s existing index of scientific papers, both current and new publications. You are able to create watch lists for topics of your choice and as new papers are published, the app provides notifications of new articles in your field of study or interest.

Read Science Better is available now from the Apple App Store (iOS), Google Play (Android), and HUAWEI AppGallery (HUAWEI Android phones).

Professional Dashboard

If you are a professional scientist or researcher, this might be the tool for you. It gives researchers access to more advanced tools, such as the Automated Reviewer and Editorial Assistant, which creates abstracts from full text. This is perfect for colleges, institutions, and other professionals in the industry. You can also explore the articles in the company’s index and dive into them more deeply.

Many of the tools also offer API access, giving professionals a more direct access method into the data. For example, the Editorial Assistant’s ability to create an abstract, complete with keywords, can be accessed through the UI or through API, giving users more choice and flexibility in its use.


The services are available now. Both mobile apps are available to download for free, while the professional tools come with a usage-based cost structure. To learn more or try them out, head to the company’s website.

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SE3D Offers 3D Printing for Living Cells at CES

While 3D printers struggle to find a place in homes and offices, they’ve revolutionised the world of prototyping and the development of “one offs” within design and manufacturing. SE3D hope to push 3D printing into education and science, and Todd discusses the possibilities with Dr Mayasar Lim from SE£D.

SE3D’s printer differs from other devices through the substrate used for the models. Instead of plastic or metal, it uses organic materials to build the structure. By using plant or animal calls, the model can then be used within demonstrations, experiments and trials to show the response to, say, enzymes or therapeutic treatments.

Aimed at both education and laboratory markets, the basic printer unit is around US$4,000 and SE3D can provide a package for schools that includes curricular materials along with reagents and other materials.

Todd Cochrane is the host of the twice-weekly Geek News Central Podcast at GeekNewsCentral.com.

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