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Piedmont students send weather balloon soaring in Duluth

Published: Nov. 15, 2021 at 5:54 PM CST
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DULUTH, MN. (CBS 3 Duluth) -Piedmont Elementary School launched a ‘high altitude weather balloon’ as a special outdoor science project for data collecting.

Lonni Schweiger, a fifth-grader teacher at Piedmont Elementary, said this is a great way for students to grasp complex topics like air pressure.

“This is something they remember forever, and it takes an abstract concept such as air pressure and makes it concrete. Something they can see and something they can actually get an experience. So hands of and fun id defiantly the way to go,” said Schweiger.

The high-altitude balloons are the same balloons used by NASA and meteorologists for high altitude research and data collection.

The balloons were equipped with some experiments, cameras and GPS tracking devices, and a parachute in the hopes of recovering the balloon once it pops at nearly 120,000 feet in the atmosphere.

Monday’s launch was all part of the Duluth Weather Balloon Project in which St. Louis County, Essentia, and the Duluth Airshow all play a role.

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