Horizon students head for edge of space Thursday morning

Photo courtesy StratoStar

On Thursday November 7, 2019, 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 – located at 400 North Kenazo.

The launch will take place at 9:00 AM with teachers, students and district coordinators. Working with StratoStar, students will design their own experiments and send them soaring into the stratosphere.

Experiments for this launch will focus on solar energy. 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.

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.

You will be able to track the entire mission by clicking here.

Join the conversation about the mission and the experiment using this hashtag on social media channels: #STRATOSTAR0348

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