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WHS Science Students Partner with NASA to take Weather Balloon to Edge of Space

Students with the Career Technical Education Aerospace program from Westminster High School attached a dozen of their classroom science projects to a weather balloon that traveled 90,000 feet into the atmosphere before coming back to earth so the data could be shared with NASA scientists.

A video camera onboard the balloon produced spectacular images of the experiment.

Edge of Space Sciences (EOSS) and NASA sponsored the project which took students to Southern Colorado for the launch and retrieval of the balloon. The experimental payloads collected high altitude data in temperatures that dropped below minus 74 degrees.  The information collected during the flight was compared with data NASA generates from a NASA weather airplane.

A NASA scientist then debriefed the students on their mission.

Working with teacher Robert Ferguson students created sensors and logging programs to track information like, temperature, pressure, altitude and the impact generated when the balloon crashed back to earth.

WHS introduced the Aerospace course this year as part of the Project Lead the Way Aerospace Engineering pathway.

Watch the video above from CTE instructor Chris Williams to learn more.