Academy at Shawnee students launch weather balloon

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by Claudia Coffey

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 5, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 5 at 5:44 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Students at the Academy of Shawnee sent a weather balloon high into the sky on Monday from Floyds Fork Park.

The experiment tested to see how far the balloon which was equipped with a small box carrying three cameras, would go into the atmosphere.

"One thing that surprised me, is that when you go up that high, you can see the curvature of the earth. You can see the blueness of the atmosphere and the blackness of space. It's just mind boggling to see what is up there above us," Jacob Boeschel, a student, said.

The weather balloon camera snapped a picture at 100 thousand feet before it popped.

It's an amazing sight and lesson for these students.

"We tried to launch the balloon way back in December and we are just now doing it the second to last day of school. So, you have to be able to plan and prepare," Joseph Jewell, a student, said.

The group from several classes worked on the project and studied the images of their experiment.

The balloon was only in the air for four hours, but it has brought a wealth of knowledge to students.

"It's very exciting to see kids do real science, real things instead of a text book. This extends learning beyond the classroom," Imogen Herrick, a teacher and the project leader, said.

25 students participated in the event.

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