We were able to launch the weather balloon last Monday! Recovery took a little longer than I expected. The payload landed about 3/5 of a mile north the highway, about 1600 feet up! It took three hours to reach the payload through rock slides and brush, and about two hours to get back down. You see a some videos and pictures from the launch at
We are a go for launch tomorrow! I am still looking at the 10:00 am to noon window, but I'm hoping to launch closer to 10:00 than to noon. Remember, if you are planning on coming by, you'll want to stop by the front office first and sign in.
Our wonderful Washington weather is coming out in full-force this week! As of now, there is a 30% chance of rain on Friday. I do not feel comfortable launching during a rain storm. Additionally, I cannot launch if more than 5/10 (why not 1/2, I'm not entirely sure) of the sky is obstructed by clouds.
My goal is to launch between 10:00 am and noon on Friday, the 17 from Camas Prairie. I've decided that launching any later would be less than optimal as I would run the risk of trudging through an unknown area into the evening and night while recovering the payload.
That being said, I will keep everyone up to date on the launch time (or as close to it as possible) and launch date.
Also, the GPS tracker allows me to share the payload's location via a website. I will be posting a like to the site when I have it all up and running. You will be able to track the payload along with me in real time!
We are set to launch the weather balloon from Camas on May 17th! The thank you letters I sent out noted a 10:00 am launch time. I've been looking at the weather forecast and attempting to predict conditions for the big day. With early morning fog and the prediction of clouds on launch day, my principal and I have decided that launching at about 3:00 pm would be wiser. If you are planning on stopping by and seeing the launch (and I hope plenty of locals are!), stay tuned for more updates.
I cannot thank everyone who has donated to our project enough! Here is a photo of everything I have bought so far. We have three GoPro cameras, including one my uncle gifted to me, and the balloon kit! The kit includes a frame for the payload, a weather balloon, parachute to bring everything safely down to earth, flight computer to record all of the important data, a satellite-enabled tracker to help find our payload, and everything we'll need to put it together! We will be starting our unit on the atmosphere soon and, within a week or so, begin building and testing the payload. Our launch date is set for May 17th.
I am a sixth grade teacher at Camas Prairie Elementary School in Spanaway, Washington. My class would like to send a weather balloon into near space so that we can collect data on temperature, air pressure, and wind speeds on the skies above our school! But we need your help. In order to complete this experiment, we need to purchase a kit from High Altitude Science and three GoPro cameras to record the trip.
This project is very close to my heart. Earlier this year, our school tragically lost a teacher very dear to us. Science was his passion and he wove it into every school day. After his passing, I took on the task of teaching his class, and I cannot think of a better way to honor his memory than to pull off a science project of this size! The best part is that, upon successful retrieval of the "ship", this project can be repeated for years to come!
We are a low-income school and a project of this magnitude is simply not in our budget. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated. Your donations will go to me personally and I will then donate to my school district. Any money extra money I raise will go towards more weather balloons and keeping the subscription to the satellite-based tracker going so that other schools in my district can pull this project off with as little expense as possible.
A HUGE thank you to everyone who has donated so far! I can't believe how much we've raised in such a short time! This project has grown pretty quickly over the past few weeks and I've had to raise my goal amount to make sure we can pull it off. I've been in contact with the local military base (which is less than a mile from Camas Prairie) and they have graciously invited our sixth graders to come out, launch the balloon, and tour several base operations that relate to the project and the equipment we're using! I raised the goal amount to reflect the cost of buses for the field trip, helium to fill the balloon, and the subscription fee for the satellite-based GPS tracker that will be on the "ship."
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