West Hartford students launch weather balloon

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Students at Smith STEM school launched a weather balloon into the Earth’s stratosphere. Every student in the school came out to see the balloon float away.

Juan Melian the principal at Smith Stem says, “I’ve never seen the kids so excited and it is just fun and a lot of anticipation.”

“It was really cool, they put this big white balloon up on a string with a big square on a platform and they launched it after we counted down from ten,” said Ruth Dunlap, a student.

Technology from a GPS unit, GoPro cameras and the internet made it possible for students and teachers to track the balloon and watch it, in real time. Students in every classroom followed the pings from the GPS unit and teachers tweeted the location of the balloon.

“They have a little mark on Google maps and you can see how much it moves. I think it is at ten minute intervals,” says Dunlap.

The school’s principal says the Great Balloon chase is giving students inspiration. “When kids see things like this they tend to dream and think all things are possible and this is the kind of experiment that will make them think of possibilities, ” says Melian.

Teachers at Smith Stem followed the balloon on it’s journey. They are recovering the weather balloon in hopes to reuse in the future. The balloon landed on a farmer’s property in Massachusetts.

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