The Kids

Big Things from a Small Town
You wouldn’t expect Bishop, California-a remote mountain town in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada with a population of less than 5,000-to be the headquarters of a home-grown space program — yet that is exactly what it is. For the past 4 years a group of Bishop high school students have been launching research balloons to the top of Earth’s atmosphere and making significant discoveries in astrobiology and space radiation. The name of the group is “Earth to Sky Calculus.”
Recent graduates of Earth to Sky Calculus have been accepted at Princeton, Berkeley, Stanford, the Maritime Academy, Babson College, Kings College (London) and other top-notch schools. Their college success defies the normal expectations of a small home town. It is a result, largely, of the unscripted learning they have experienced as members of the Earth to Sky research team. Almost every member of the team has designed their own experiments, overcome setbacks in a research setting, attended major scientific conferences and reported their results to audiences of scientists.
Meet some members of Earth to Sky—new and old--and hear what they have to say about the program.

Student Information

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Jordan Herbst

Jordan Herbst currently attends high school in Bishop, California. Jordan enjoys learning a
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Justin Gilpin

Justin Gilpin is currently studies Chemical Engineering at UC San Diego. A long time member
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Olivia Grah

Olivia currently attends Princeton University. She is a founding member of Earth to Sky Calc
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Joey Harvey

Joey Harvey is a senior at Bishop Union High School. An enthusiastic and dedicated member of
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Anna Herbst

Anna Herbst currently studies Political Economy at Kings College London. She is a founding m
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Sam Johnson

Sam Johnson studies Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. He is a founding member
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Amelia Koske-Phillips

Amelia Koske-Phillips is a founding member of Earth to Sky. Amelia says: I love creating th
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