With science scores lagging behind the rest of the world, the United States is experimenting on how to catch up and that starts with elementary students. Earlier today, News 5 videographer Adam Carlini went to Wood River for Space Camp where students reached for the stars.
"What we've just done is bring the culmination of this experience with a high altitude balloon launch," said Strategic Air and Space Deputy Director Ken Schroder. "This balloon that we launched will go somewhere between 70,000 and 90,000 feet above the earth's surface and then it will rupture and then it will return and we have on this launch some payloads with experiments that the middle school students created and there's GPS equipment on board and video so it's a great experience with technology and science all together. They will actually have a recovery team taking the vehicle in a moment. They are going to follow the GPS signal, bring their experiments back and then we will review them tomorrow.
"This is a huge experience and for me, the priority is to give these kinds of opportunities to everybody in our state. A lot of times in the rural community sometimes we don't bring really high level academic experiences always like they should be on the forefront, on the front line so we've really committed our time, resources and energy to make sure we can share what we have with the whole state of Nebraska. This summer already we've gone between Omaha and Chadron, from Norfolk and Imperial and all points in between so we keep very busy because we're very committed and believe very much in what we do.
"The idea of exploration and discovery of new ideas is for everybody. That it's not reserved for a very few elite students, that everyone should get curious and that curiosity should help us to make things, discoveries that we learn around the world, around is everyday and new things to make us dream and new possibilities."
Also at the space camp, water powered pop bottles were shot into the skies while other students could take a romp in a inflated space ship.
Created: Wed, 24 Jul 2013 06:43:33 CST
Updated: Mon, 09 Sep 2013 08:33:02 CST