Say What?

That’s correct, time is counting down.  You would never know it but there are fewer than 10 weeks remaining in the school year which means that there are far fewer weeks left until “Launch Day” and lots to do.  Now you would think that I was concerned that we will run short on time but that is certainly not the situation.  I am confident that will launch our balloon with in the given timeframe we (that is Julie and I) have discussed.

So to recap what has been accomplished to date,

  • students gathered information in a general sense that would help us understand what we would face if we proceeded with the challenge of sending George to “space”
  • students began learning about various aspects of the project itself including space and related topics (e.g., how a GPS works, how a parachute works, the various layers of the atmosphere, etc.)
  • students assessed the information they gathered and decided if any further information would be required
  • students confirmed many of their findings as they relate to the challenge after having a “Hangout” with Laura Dawkins, a PhD student from the University of Exeter who completed a similar launch at the beginning of March

  •  students have looked back at previous lists of the materials required to complete this challenge and sought out suppliers while keeping a mindful eye on our budget (which isn’t really a budget given that as we need more money we push for further fundraising)
  • with our help the students have narrowed down the suppliers for
  • balloon txballoon lg_parachute
  • we have cameras and there is some special teaching to go with these
  • we have bought an Eagle Flight Computer from Jason in Georgia

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What needs to be done,

  • buying everything we have not purchased,
  • more fundraising
  • predicting flight path and landing location
  • contacting the appropriate authorities to notify about our launch

I am sure that there are things that I have missed but there is much to be done over the next several weeks that will have us prepared for “launch day”.  Follow @SGTS_CSVPS and for updates from the students as they tweet and blog about their learning and experience.

Have some advice, we would love to hear from you.

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