• Near Space Balloon Launch

    While launching weather balloons is quite common among hobbyists and college engineering students, Cherry Creek School District's Elementary STEM and Innovation department has now made it common for our 5th grade students as well.  These classes focus on the project-based learning activity of launching a weather balloon, videotaping and photography of the earth's atmospheric limb, recording atmospheric data, and safely landing and retrieving the payload.  This demanding project takes STEM and Innovation to a whole new level; requiring students, teachers and district leaders to engage in collaboration around, research, and instrumentation of this payload.


    5th grade classrooms from across the school district engineer an atmospheric payload to launch a camera high enough to photograph the curvature of the Earth and collect weather data in real-time. Instead of rockets, boosters and expensive control systems, they inflate a weather balloon with helium and design a styrofoam enclosure payload.

    We are constantly bombarded with the idea that the U.S. is "behind" the rest of the world in STEM education.  We all know that our students need to be able to think critically, problem-solve and collaborate in order to succeed in the future they will inhabit. We no longer have to imagine the impact this project will have on the lives of our students; we are seeing it every day as their creative confidence skyrockets exponentially!  Our goal is to inspire future scientists, technologists, engineers, mathematicians and most of all, dreamers of the future.



    March 12, 2020

    8:15 AM Launches:

    Antelope Ridge ES

    Aspen Crossing ES

    Challenge School

    Village East ES


    12:15 PM Launches:

    Rolling Hills ES

    Indian Ridge ES

    Cimmaron ES

    March 26, 2020

    8:15 AM Launches:

    Challenge School 


    April 16, 2020

    8:15 AM Launches:

    Fox Hollow ES

    Dry Creek ES

    Mountain Vista ES


    12:15 PM Launches:

    Greenwood ES

    Sagebrush ES

    Highline ES

Last Modified on January 31, 2020