Albuquerque students launch weather balloon

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Local elementary school students are about to take a selfie in space.

Fifth graders at North Star Elementary School have been planning the special science experiment since October.

Thursday, they launched their very own weather balloon with a photo of the class, a GPS and a GoPro attached.

Once the balloon reached 100,000 feet, they snapped a selfie of the class photo, and they got a little expert help doing it.

“We just wanted to give the kids a STEM project they could really get excited about, something that’s going to help them engage in math, reading, writing, as well as science,” teacher Matthew McCracken said.

“We had to do science, so we had to research buoyancy and the wind speeds, and my dad came in and taught us about wind speeds because he’s Mark Ronchetti,” fifth grader Ava Ronchetti explained.

The teacher collected the balloon so students can check out the data and their selfie.


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