OMAHA – Students from area K-12 schools will join students from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Nebraska) in launching a high-altitude balloon on UNO’s Scott Campus Friday, April 21.
The event, which takes place at 10 a.m. in front of the Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI), is part of a collaboration known as Project HALON (High Altitude Learning Over Nebraska) where students help design, build and fly a science experiment that will be lifted into the stratosphere via a high-altitude balloon.
Project HALON will launch, track and recover multiple student-developed experiments from schools including Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, Marian High School, Bluffs Middle School from Scottsbluff, Nebraska undergraduate engineering students and UNO students from both the College of Education and College of Information Science and Technology.
The experiments will ascend to 90,000 to 100,000 feet and then descend to Earth by parachute after the weather balloon bursts.
The location of the experiments will be tracked through launch and recovery using radio and satellite communications. “Mission Control Omaha” will be located inside PKI and will provide real-time monitoring and social media updates while a “chase team” will travel to the experiment’s landing location, also using radio and satellite communications, as well as Mission Control Omaha’s observations.
Now in its third year, Project HALON is co-facilitated by James Taylor, PKI research coordinator, and Derrick Nero, UNO K-12 engineering education instructor.
Project HALON is made possible from contributions from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Nebraska at Omaha, the Peter Kiewit Institute, NASA Nebraska Space Grant and Near Space Science.
For media inquiries, please contact Charley Reed, UNO associate director of media relations, at 402.554.2129 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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