Balloon Launch Highlights

RMetS was involved in a joint balloon launch with Holy Cross School and Manchester University in Chorley in May 2013.

The students learnt all about the physics, maths and atmospheric science involved in a balloon launch. The weather balloon was launched yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 22 May 2013) and took photographs of the curvature of the Earth.

The project was led by the school’s STEM club, which promotes an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The project involved Dr Sylvia Knight, Head of Education from RMetS, Manchester University (Centre for Atmospheric Science) and the team from the school, including Sean Hardeley the science teacher, who said

This project has really captured the students’ imagination. In particular, they have enjoyed the hands on approach to learning, including the practical sessions involving balloon activities, calculating wind directions and determining the most suitable gas to use in the balloon

Find out more about organising your own school balloon launch here