Hermantown students launch weather balloon in the name of science

By KBJR News 1

September 21, 2013 Updated Sep 21, 2013 at 7:56 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- While some balloons were tethered to the ground, one balloon went high into the atmosphere, all in the name of science.

"Once I heard that the weather balloon was going off I was really excited because I really love science," said Emma Roscsherwood who is in 8th grade at Hermantown Middle School.

Kids from the Hermantown eighth grade science class helped the National Weather service launch the balloon to gather data about the atmosphere.

"This is the first time we have ever done a weather balloon launch with the aide of students and the data we collect will be used by their science curriculum to help understand and perform some weather experiments," said Kevin Huyck, a meteorologist at the National Weather service.

The hands–on experience will give students a chance to see how the national weather service gathers data.

"Carol came into our class and showed us the balloon and showed us what they were going to be doing, filling it, letting it off and I guess they are going to get it on camera and hopefully bring it back to class if they can retrieve it and see if we get all the data back," said Roscsherwood.

The balloon is equipped with a GPS tracking device and a go–pro camera that will take pictures at different levels of the atmosphere.

The balloon dropped in Bayfield, Wis.

"We use this sounding data every day in our operational meteorology and so by actually be able to see how the data is collected and then being able to use the data in their science curriculum, the students will understand better what all goes into the structure of the atmosphere and the forecasting aspect," said Huyck.

The weather service launches two weather balloons a day at over 80 locations across the US.

Students from Marshal School will help the National Weather Service launch another weather balloon on Sunday at the festival.

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