Austintown students reach great heights with weather balloon

The balloon is equipped with a GPS device, GoPro camera and computer to analyze weather data

STEM students at Austintown Middle School launched a weather balloon on Thursday.

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – STEM students at Austintown Middle School got an out-of-this-world lesson on Thursday morning.

They helped launch a weather balloon — the third time the group has used this type of device.

Last year, seventh and eighth graders launched the balloon, attached with a GPS device and GoPro camera, as well as a computer to collect data. They then analyzed the data as well as created a video on the balloons’ travel:

This year, students used the same type of device to track temperature, pressure and humidity.
Danielle Chine, a STEM coach at the school, said students would be able to track the balloon through an app on their cell phones.

“The second year, we tried using a higher resolution camera,” Chine said. “We found the battery died when it reached higher altitudes. We are going back to what we did the first year. A class example of using the scientific method and trial and error.”

And that weather balloon can reach great heights. Chine said the balloon can go up to 115,000 feet up into the air.

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