A dad and son send a take-out container to space: The Brooklyn Space Program at TEDxYouth@BFS

At TEDxYouth@BFS, self-described “tinkerer” Luke Geissbuhler introduced TEDx’ers to The Brooklyn Space Program — a DIY space mission launched by Luke and his 7-year-old son Max. With some creativity, research, and ingenuity, the pair turned a Thai food take-out container into a spacecraft that traveled to altitudes above 100,000 feet and battled 100 MPH winds and temperatures -60 degrees Fahrenheit — all so Max could learn by doing, not just watching.

From Luke’s talk:

[The Brooklyn Space Program] is a project I did about 2 years ago with my son Max that took us about 8 months to complete, off and on. Essentially, we built a spacecraft out of a cell phone, hand warmers, some foam insulation, and a Thai food takeout container … Reaching the upper stratosphere at 120,000 feet, this homemade capsule could travel 4x higher than a jet liner; photograph the blackness of space, the curvature of the Earth; and safely land again in an hour and a half.

People ask me all the time how I knew how to pull off this crazy mission without any engineering or science background, and all I can tell them is that I’ve done an awful lot of tinkering in my life … I was kind of the poster child for project-based learning — it was often the only way I could learn something.

Above, watch the amazing footage from the Brooklyn Space Program’s initial launch, and watch Luke’s whole talk about nontraditional learning and the DIY space mission here.

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    Amazing… Absolutely amazing.
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    It only took an hour to reach space… unbelievable!
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    People do amazing things, like DIY space missions. #fuckyeahscience
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    People helping their kids reach their dreams. sooo amazing. I love it :)
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    Father and son project, FOR SCIENCE!
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