Ascending to New Heights

What happens when a balloon with cameras and experiments attached reaches over 100,000 feet? Hopefully it comes back to Earth in one piece.  Our classes are wanting to explore these questions and more in a little less than two months. The launch window has been set for the middle of May and we need to raise funds for this to happen.

Our school, Chandler Elementary, is partnering with the Special Education class, taught by Jim Alber, at Goshen High School. 2nd grade students will be sending up experiments to help explore how plants survive at different altitudes and temperatures. The Special Education students will be deploying some of their own specialized experiments to learn about the process of designing and building items that will fly under the balloon.

We launched a near space balloon two years ago and had an incredible learning experience. Everything went well, except for the moment we needed to track the balloon and experiments. Unfortunately the gps tracker malfunctioned and we lost the balloon and equipment. It might be hanging out somewhere in Michigan, but we aren't sure. 

This coming May (less than 2 months), we want to launch another balloon so that our students can explore what happens when objects go over 100,000 feet.

We are in need of items that will help with this launch and if possible to raise funds for future launches too. Right now the equipment and helium we need comes out to about $500. (Update: As of April 17 we have met our initial goal of $500. Our new goal is $1500.) Thanks so much for your support!

Helium will be around $200. Tracking devices and data loggers are $150. Two action cameras for $100 and miscellaneous items will be around $50. 

These items are essential to our launch occurring and without these funds the balloon won't get off the ground.

We would love to have your support to help our students reach for the stars, to see what is possible in our small town of Goshen. You never know how one experience will impact and child's learning. This is the time plant those seeds for the future engineers, pilots, designers, educators, and scientists.

Help us to get this balloon into the air and explore what it really means to get to near space.

Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for updates using the hashtag #gcshab. 

Your donations will not only impact students during our launch, but will leave a lasting legacy on their education. These students will have an opportunity that not many adults will ever have, the chance to design and launch an experiment that will reach near space (well over 100,000 feet).

Thanks for your support getting this project off the ground and into the sky. 



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Kauffman's Class 
Goshen, IN
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