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School Science Lessons Soar with Balloon Launch

Buck Lake Elementary weather balloon launch
Posted at 11:09 AM, Feb 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-17 11:09:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- Students in the capital city and around the country had a chance to get stratospheric experience with science learning Friday morning.

Buck Lake Elementary School conducted its fourth annual Weather Balloon Launch in the baseball fields near the school.

Three high-altitude helium-filled balloons were released into the air with hundreds of children and adults watching.  Some of the balloons carried a variety of experiments assembled by the school, along with cameras, weather observation, and tracking equipment.

The launch and the balloons' rise into the atmosphere were livestreamed to a broader pre-registered audience online. 

WTXL chief meteorologist Casanova Nurse appeared on the school's closed-circuit TV morning news program with a summary of atmospheric conditions and a forecast for the balloons' ascent into the sky.