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Fifth Annual AMS STEM Weather Balloon Launch takes to the air

May 24, 2018
The Town Crier

Austintown Middle School STEM students took their learning to new heights on the morning of May 16 when they launched a weather balloon from the Fitch baseball field.

The 1200 gram balloon was filled with 80 cubic feet of helium and carried a payload that includes a GPS tracking device, two GoPro cameras, as well as an onboard flight computer that will collect data such as temperature, pressure, and humidity sensors. The balloon could reach heights of up to 115,000 feet. When the decrease in atmospheric pressure allows the balloon to expand beyond the tensile limits of the latex, the balloon will explode and fall back to Earth by parachute. A group of students will track and chase the balloon that day until it is retrieved and the data can then be analyzed back in the classroom.

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program housed at Austintown Middle School offers seventh and eighth grade students a project-based and student-centered learning environment with a focus on 21st century skills. For more information on the program visit

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The balloon is attached to the parachute and base with computers and cameras.



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