School launches weather balloon into atmosphere

By Anna Yee

May 22, 2013 Updated May 22, 2013 at 7:19 PM CDT

EDWARDS, Ill. -- On Wednesday, Riverview Grade School science teacher Emily Dawson and her junior high students launched a weather balloon.

The helium-filled balloon flew about 100,000 feet up into the earth's atmosphere to collect weather data and take pictures.

Mrs. Dawson says hands-on projects like this one gets her students excited about learning.

"I like to go with over the top projects that start the lessons or start my units, and then it actually gets the kids more on board," she said. "They have more ownership of the lessons that they're learning, and sometimes they can even guide their educational process."

The balloon parachuted down and landed outside of Princeton Wednesday afternoon.

The data collected will be used in future lessons.

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