Space Weather Balloon
Target grades: 9th-12th
Curiculum Duration: 8-12 weeks
At present, active balloon research is being conducted in the areas of cosmic ray physics; astronomy in a variety of bands including microwave, infrared, ultraviolet, X rays, and gamma rays; atmospheric sciences including sprites research; magnetospheric and auroral physics; and micrometeor studies.
The range of experiments that can be considered for inclusion in a Space Weather Balloon payload is limited only by the imagination of the students. The small size of a weather balloon payload does impose some limitations. We will mention some of the possibilities in this overview and provide greater detail on some of them in the lesson plans.
- Attend the workshop
- Teach the curriculum in your classroom
- Be a part of a local competition
Engineering Design Process
State the Problem • Generate Ideas • Select a Solution
Build the Item • Evaluate and Test • Refine • Present Results