November 18, 2014 -- Originally Posted on APS.edu
Two high altitude balloons with student-developed experiments aboard were launched from the Valley High School football field at 9:20 a.m. on Nov. 14. One of the balloons rose to 75,000 feet before bursting, its payload parachuting to Earth.
The second balloon rose to a height 103,000 feet before it burst, a record for a New Mexico student effortt. Both balloons were recovered near Santa Rosa, N.M., providing great scientific data, information and images for related STEM activities.
The balloon launch was among many activities students participated in during North Valley STEM Day. Nearly a dozen schools took part in activities centering on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math including student-created rocket launches, flight simulations, atmospheric pressure experiments and underwater remote controlled vehicle observations.
The Albuquerque Astronomical Society brought a solar telescope and display, the New Mexico Fractal Foundation provided a fractal demonstration, and the High Desert ARC brought an amateur (Ham) radio station for the students to talk to 11 different countries, some as far as Russia and China.
A West Side STEM Day event is being planned for December 12. Rocket night for the event will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at West Mesa. For more information, contact Ms. Ripley at 505-410-2107 or firstname.lastname@example.org