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Some of the learning taking place today at Vincennes University included gazing at the sky. Engineering students launched a weather balloon.

This experiment wasn’t focused on the weather, instead the goal was problem solving. The students had to plan, build and execute a science mission. Once it launched, the students monitored the flight and data collection.

“So we got altitude, we got temperature, humidity, speed, pressure, and turbulence. you see what happens,” said Assistant Professor Chen Jubin.

Only six people were part of the balloon project, but many more gathered around to see it happen. Just like a birthday balloon, it was filled with helium. Once released, the balloon rose thousands of feet into the sky.

Student Denzel Hinton said, “you just send it, and how high it gets really surprised me!”

 The balloon traveled about fifty miles northeast of Vincennes before it popped. A GPS was on board, enabling the students to locate it and retrieve the instruments to use again the next launch.

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