Horizon High Students To Hold First ‘Space Launch’ in the High Desert

Photo courtesy StratoStar

On January 31st, 2018, students in the Horizon High School Feeder pattern will be launching a high-altitude weather balloon to the edge of space from Horizon Middle School football field.

The launch will take place at 9:00 AM with teachers, students and district coordinators and will be carried live on HorizonCity.com’s Facebook Page, starting at 8:45am.

Working with StratoStar, students will design their own experiments and send them soaring into the stratosphere.

In the early stages of the project, the students design and build experiments replicating what engineers and scientists do on a daily basis. The focus of the entire project is on developing 21st century skills through project-based learning.

Experiments for this launch will focus on temperature and pressure differential as well as measuring the Earth’s magnetic field. Along with the specific experiments teachers will have access to data directly from the weather ballon to include temperature, pressure, altitude, speed, distance traveled, and turbulence to mention a few.

Once the students have their experiments ready to go, they will be added to the payload and the high-altitude weather balloon will be filled with the lift gas. Students and followers will then be able to track the balloon and the experiment live in real-time as it travels as high as 100,000 feet or about 3 times higher than a commercial airplane.

When the balloon expands and burst at its peak altitude it will float down to the Earth under a parachute. The launch and recovery team will then track and recover the payload containing the experiments. Once it’s back at the school, students will be able to analyze data from the payload sensors as well as collect data on their experiment, examine photos and videos recorded during the flight.

The high-altitude weather balloon project is designed to get students out of the classroom and into a real life mission. Because they are involved in every aspect of the project, students will be developing skills in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. Plus, when the payload returns to the ground, students will be able to interact with their experiments that traveled over 90,000 ft in altitude and endured extreme temperatures and pressures. A major accomplishment!

Want to get involved and track the mission? You will be able to track the entire mission at the following link. https://tracking.stratostar.net/mission/0195

Join the conversation about the mission and the experiment using this hashtag on social media channels: #Stratostar0195

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