Project Payload

Project Payload

We anticipate that Project Payload will be on campus in Summer 2022, assuming COVID continues to improve; all students accepted in Project Payload will need to fully comply with LA County COVID protocols. More information here.

2022 Project Payload Summer Program - Apply Now!

Project Payload is returning this summer 2022! During this program, middle school girls will authentically experience science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through rocket design, payloads, satellites, and Arduino programming. Participants will design, build and launch their rockets and high-altitude balloon sensor device at STARBASE in Los Alamitos. The camp will include demonstrations and lessons, hands-on projects and group work, and time for connecting and sharing with peers in a fun, engaging environment.

Project Payload will be presented in two phases:

Phase 1

  • Students will use the scientific method to design an experiment using ArduSat, an Arduino-based Nanosatellite based on the CubeSat standard.
  • Students will use the engineering design process to create a rocket design using RockSim.

Phase 2

  • Students will configure and launch their high-altitude balloon sensor to make the measurements for their experiment.

Cost: Free

Dates and Time:

Date: July 18 - July 29, 2022

Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
*Some days may be earlier or later for field trips

Where: In Person at USC campus & STARBASE in Los Alamitos
*Transportation will be provided

Who: Middle school (rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders)

Applications due May 15th 

Application details:

Deadline: May 15th, 2022

The two parts of the application must be received by May 15th, 2022. Incomplete applications will NOT be considered. It is the responsibility of the student/parent to ensure that all application materials are received by the deadline.

Part 1: Student Application

Part 2: Teacher Recommendation

  • Submit a complete application. 
  • Will be a 6th - 8th grade girl in the fall of 2022.
  • Able to attend all camp days.
  • Priority is given to historically underrepresented female students in STEM, but this is not a requirement and we encourage all girls to apply.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, you will only be contacted if your student is selected for the program. We apologize that we cannot respond to all applications.


Sponsored by Jordan Noone ’14, Jenna Bryant, and Embedded Ventures


Published on February 13th, 2019

Last updated on April 4th, 2022