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Mellon Middle School Iron Brigade Team Explores Space
June 6, 2014
Up, up, and away goes the weather balloon carrying the space kit at Mellon Middle School on Friday morning.

"To Infinity and Beyond" was the theme of the day when the 8th grade Iron Brigade Team at Mellon Middle School launched a space kit tied to a weather balloon that carried a flight computer and GoPro camera to the edge of the atmosphere, 60,000 ft in the air. You could feel the excitement as the 8th grade team watched the balloon take flight. Seeing the balloon and space kit float over the field and out of sight into the clear blue sky was quite a moment for everyone watching, inlcuding the Washington students on the playground. The entire flight, from lift off to descent, is being filmed and data, such as temperature, pressure, altitude, wind speed, GPS coordinates, and time, will be recorded. By 4:20 p.m. on Friday afternoon the balloon was tracking to Blairsville ,PA.  A team of "chasers"- Mellon Iron Brigade teachers- will locate and recover the gear using GPS data from the space kit. After this first launch, students will analyze the data that has been collected and then form project teams to design, prototype, and engineer an experimental payload for a second launch.

Mellon Middle School was one of ten schools across the country to be awarded a space kit in a contest sponsored by a partnership of Canvas and Project Lead the Way. The winning video was produced by the Iron Brigade teachers- Jeff Holliday, Lori Knox, Kevin McCann, and Francis Raitano - and their students. The students are very excited to “go to space” and explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics in this exciting, unique, hands-on project.

Slideshow of Mellon Space Kit Launch


 






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