Let's launch a Balloon into Space!

$3,384 of $2,800 goal

Raised by 45 people in 43 months
Scott Birdseye  SPANAWAY, WA

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.


Update:
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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Update 20
40 months ago

I've edited together a video of the launch prep, flight, and some photos from project. Enjoy!

http://youtu.be/Ab-qA5loQJM
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Update 19
40 months ago

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

http://kplu.org/post/students-remember-slain-teacher-sending-him-stratosphere
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Update 18
40 months ago

The payload tracker transmitted around 6:00 last night! It's going to be a little difficult to get to, but we WILL retrieve it! You can follow the excitement from this site:
http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0TJNYz9HzoHOqXqllQDerVLIHgKeqAAM7
I tried to retrieve the payload last night, but ran out of daylight before I could get to it. I'm going to try again Wednesday afternoon.
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Update 17
40 months ago

We got to launch the balloon today! The launch went really well. The tracking page is http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0TJNYz9HzoHOqXqllQDerVLIHgKeqAAM7

Although, the tracker hasn't sent a message since the launch. Now we wait.
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Pat Coffey
42 months ago

Please keep us in the loop as to how your project progresses.....

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$3,384 of $2,800 goal

Raised by 45 people in 43 months
Created February 16, 2013
$20
Anonymous
40 months ago
WB
$200
Walter and Kathy Birdseye
41 months ago (Offline Donation)
MB
$100
Martha & Bill
42 months ago

Go, Airborne!

SR
$100
Stephen & Jorene Ross
42 months ago

Up, up & away!

CC
$50
Crystal Cruz
42 months ago (Offline Donation)
KP
$10
Kathy Parker
42 months ago (Offline Donation)
CK
$75
Claudia Kuzmanich
42 months ago (Offline Donation)
KA
$30
Karen Anderson
42 months ago (Offline Donation)
MN
$29
Matt Nolan
42 months ago

Almost There.... Almost There!

JE
$10
june edinborough
42 months ago
Pat Coffey
42 months ago

Please keep us in the loop as to how your project progresses.....

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