LiveStream Weather Ballon Launch

Anything live-stream should be publicized live (times below are Pacific-Standard).  So with no further adieu, I will simply share the announcement and links incase you want to follow this.  I will be there for the launch and post a follow-up blog with  my musings.  I’m quite excited.

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Dear students, families and colleagues:
On Wednesday, May 4, we will attempt to live stream Longfellow’s high-altitude balloon launch. Longfellow’s 8th graders have not only been working hard on refining their lab report writing skills, but also on predicting conditions at extremely high altitudes based on their understanding physical science concepts.
You may wish to watch with your students if you are a teacher, or track the flight and recovery efforts after school if you are a student. (This is a ground-, not balloon-based live stream). This is our first live stream, so bear with us – our priority is balloon launch for the students and timely recovery so they can write lab reports the next day.
Here is the tentative schedule for the live stream:
  • 10:30 am: Preflight setup, Longfellow yard.
  • 12:00 noon: 7th and 8th grade lunch begins, Longfellow yard. Final flight preparations, commentary from students and teachers.
  • 12:15-12:45 pm: FAA filed launch window (Balloon will launch during this time).
  • 12:45-3:15 pm: Balloon flight and live tracking via website.
  • 2:45 pm-??: Recovery operations. Continued live tracking and periodic field updates if cellular service is available.
You can also explore high-altitude flight predictions here and track our balloon once in flight here.
After the balloon is recovered, I will make all of the data and imagery that our sensor and camera systems collect available.
This high-altitude balloon launch would not be possible without the generous support of the Berkeley Public Schools Fund and the close collaboration of Ted Tagami and Tony So of Magnitude.io.
Sincerely,
Matt Hinckley and Jamie Robertson
Longfellow 8th grade Science Teachers
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