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STEM Students At Danbury's Westside Middle School Launch Weather Balloons

Westside Middle School Academy recently built and launched two weather balloons.
Westside Middle School Academy recently built and launched two weather balloons. Photo Credit: Facebook/Danbury Public Schools

DANBURY, Conn. -- Students of Westside Middle School Academy launched two weather balloons Wednesday, May 18.

“Today was a huge success,” said teacher Jon Neuhausel. “The kids really took this project to the next level.”

The balloons were in flight for around two-and-a-half hours and made it to the border of Rhode Island.

A hundred students from the school's STEM academy worked on the project, 20 of whom worked on the launch itself from the field behind Danbury High School.

Students were split into teams for design, science, weather and public relations.

The students designed and built two payloads with sensors that measured atmospheric pressure and temperature. The readings were recorded on computer chips that could be removed for download and data analysis.

The balloons also were equipped with GoPro cameras and GPS tracking devices.

Click here to watch a video of Westside students launching a weather balloon.

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