Heartlands Aviation Tech Program launched their Weather Balloon Project to the edge of space this year.  The sensor package reached approximately 110,000 feet before deploying its parachute.  Students used knowledge of meteorology, physics and mathematics to predict the landing zone and calculate the volume of helium needed for the appropriate buoyant force in order to recover the device.  This was our second successful year and lessons from last year allowed for changes in the package’s electronics so video and some sound was able to be retrieved.  Another great example of Heartlands project based learning.

The video of the launch and subsequent ascendance into the space is HERE.