Prince Chapman students experience high-altitude balloon launch

The balloon launch is part of a STEM program put on through STARBASE 2.0

Posted: Oct 30, 2018 3:27 PM
Updated: Oct 31, 2018 5:18 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (FOX 55) - Students at Prince Chapman Academy witnessed a high-altitude balloon slip the bonds of the earth’s atmosphere on Tuesday.

The project, named #STRATOSTAR0266, is part of the STARBASE 2.0 is a program put together by the Department of Defense. The after-school program helps students learn more about STEM areas.

The STARBASE 2.0 group at Prince Chapman Academy is learning about the atmosphere and space, something Nicole Strack, 6th grade teacher at the school and head of the group, says they’ve enjoyed.

Strack said, “They have loved it. Ever since we started with the cameras and all the different atmospheric projects that we've done. Seeing the different levels of space and ways that space changes they have very much enjoyed it.”

The balloon is equipped with instruments to record different atmospheric variables and as it went up in the sky, the students were able to track it live on-line via their i-pads.

Students in the STARBASE 2.0 group were excited about the launch and were eager to see what it was like from up above.

“I've never launched something up into space and so I think it was really cool because I'm a really big fan of space and will be able to see what's going on up there,” said Harmony Bissell, a 6th grader at the school.

Jamarcus Turner, fellow 6th grader, said he was excited to learn about the atmosphere, saying “It's many things that you could discover and the levels of earth that keep going up higher and higher.”

The balloon popped and landed near Lima, Ohio roughly two and a half hours after launch.

The STARBASE 2.0 group will get the instruments back Wednesday and what some of the students hope to learn.

According to Bissell, “Maybe we can discover something nobody's seen before.”

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