I wanted to share with you an amazing project that students from Carrabec Community School in North Anson did recently. They launched a high-altitude balloon into the stratosphere as part of a school-wide STEAM project. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and math, and this project covered all of these aspects.
The students designed and built a payload that contained cameras, sensors and trackers to collect data and images from the upper atmosphere. They also learned how to forecast the weather, communicate with radio operators, analyze the data and edit the video footage. The project was funded by a grant from the Perloff Family Foundation and supported by the Maine Space Grant Consortium and the University of Maine.
The balloon launch was a success and the students were able to track the balloon’s flight path and altitude. The balloon reached about 100,000 feet before it burst and descended back to Earth. The students recovered the payload in a field in New Hampshire and were thrilled to see the results. They captured some stunning images of the Earth’s curvature, the blue sky and the blackness of space.
This project was a great learning experience for the students and they had a lot of fun doing it. They also gained valuable skills and knowledge that will help them in their future endeavors. I think this is a wonderful example of how STEAM education can inspire and engage students in learning.
What do you think of this project? Have you ever done something similar or would you like to? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments below.