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Kansas City Elementary Schoolers Send Experiments Into Near Space

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Cristopher Crance
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When you were a kid, did you ever dream of becoming an astronaut? Some area students are taking the first steps. Grade-schoolers at Resurrection Catholic School in Kansas City, Kan. and Prairie Fire Upper Elementary in Independence are creating experiments to send into near space in a big weather balloon.

Guests:

  • Alan Washburn is with the Institute of Electronics and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), which issued the near space balloon challenge to area schools.
  • Allie Dorsey leads the STEM club at Resurrection Catholic School in Kansas City, Kan. 
  • Ali Ruiz is in the 5th grade and Steven Barrett is in the 6th grade at Resurrection Catholic School. 

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This view was taken from the camera inside the weather balloon that carried the experiments up into space.

Are you interested in reading more about near space ballooning? Click here and here for more coverage from KCUR's Central Standard. 

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