Austintown students launch, track weather balloon


WKBN’s Rich Morgan got a look at Austintown Middle School’s weather balloon on Wednesday.

The school’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program put the balloon together. It’s used for weather experiments. 

Not only are the children excited, but so are their parents, according to Superintendent Vince Colaluca.

“It’s expanded to our parents coming and doing after-school programming. We do small robotics down at the middle-school level. We have the soapbox derby, which definitely has a lot of volunteers, having to put the cars together and working,” he said. “Obviously, the students do the main work, but there’s got to be some guidance.” 

Students launched the balloon Wednesday morning. They will track it as it moves through the atmosphere and eventually drops. 

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