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CVU students launch weather balloons

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HINESBURG, Vt. -

There may be some future meteorologists at Champlain Valley Union High School.

"We have a barometer to test air pressure and a temperature probe as well," said Greg Goldman, Junior.

Students from the weather, climate and oceans class launched a weather balloon into the sky as part of their unit on the atmosphere.

"We're looking at temperature change, as altitude increases, humidity, air pressure and the basic properties of our atmosphere as it goes up," said Goldman.

The weather balloon is lifted by 100 cubic feet of helium and when it reaches around 100,000 feet, it bursts, bringing it back down to Earth.

Then comes the hunt to go find it, with the help of a GPS and cameras that are mounted on the balloon.

"Yesterday the projection said it was gonna come down near Fairfield. Today, it's saying it's gonna come down just near the Connecticut River in New Hampshire," said Rick Imes, CVU science teacher.

But before the balloon was ready for liftoff, students spent almost two months in the classroom prepping by braking up into ten different teams including engineering, fund raising and publicity.

"Our main goal was to let everyone know what we were doing, how we were doing it and when we were doing it," said Oliver Masson, Sophomore.

Imes says this project is part of CVU's push to reshape traditional classroom models.

"It's what we're striving here at CVU is to do more project based learning," said Imes.

And Imes says part of this way of learning is challenging students to problem solve. Like when the first try at the launch didn't go quite as planned.

But if at first you don't succeed...

"Try again," said Masson.

CVU has been sending WCAX updates on where the balloon is. It was about to make landfall somewhere near Lyndonville, but if you happen to find the weather balloon contact Channel 3 News. There is a reward for its safe retrieval.

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