A student-led space program is set to take flight at Raytown Quality Schools - Raytown Mission to Space: IGNITE Satellite Program. High school students are working with Interorbital Systems and Raytown community groups to build and launch a low-orbit satellite - becoming one of a handful of K-12 school districts in the entire country to send a payload into orbit. Students are developing hands-on experience and skills relating to project management, engineering, programming, HAM radio operation, photography, and marketing. Once in orbit, the satellite will collect information and data to enhance Raytown's K-12 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) curriculum.


    While the initial timeline of the project had students set to launch the satellite in May 2017, students are perfecting programming and design. Students will continue to work on the satellite throughout the summer and into next school year if needed.


    You can read about the progress students are making on the project by visiting the student blog and by following #Raytown2Space. Check out the student profiles page to find out more about the students involved in the project and what they have learned so far.


    Raytown Quality Schools (RQS) has served the youth of Raytown, Missouri, for more than 100 years. With a graduation rate exceeding 83 percent, RQS has earned 11 National Merit Finalist and Scholarship Winners in the past decade alone. Today, RQS has a K-12 enrollment of 8,800 students.


    Questions? Please contact:
    Danielle Nixon
    Director of Communications and Community Relations