Wyoming students launch high-altitude balloons

By on May 3, 2013
Earth and Atmosphere News

Middle and high school students from four Wyoming schools will get firsthand experience releasing high-altitude balloons, according to an announcement from the University of Wyoming. The release is part of a new program that will help students develop teamwork skills.

The balloon release is the first for the Wyoming NASA Space Grant High-Altitude Balloon Satellite Program. Organizers say the goal of the release is to help students develop skills in communicating and critical thinking, while also encouraging interest in science, math and technology.

The launch is planned for May 3 and 4. Four student groups will be participating. The Wyoming Space Grant Consortium is providing each group with a box, sensors for reading temperature, humidity and pressure and a video camera.

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