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Huntsville weather balloon workshop on 3/27; weather balloon launch on 3/29

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Sci-Quest, GigaParts, and the UAH Space Hardware Club are partnering to create a high altitude weather balloon. Visitors to Sci-Quest are invited to an educational hands-on Weather Balloon Workshop on Thursday, March 27th.

Working alongside UAH undergraduate club members, visitors will learn about high altitude balloons, how they are used in space and weather research and then design an experiment of their own.

According to HowStuffWorks, weather balloons ascend “to almost 100,000 feet (30,480 meters). This is the stratosphere, the second-to-last atmospheric layer before outer space.” A weather balloon can purportedly travel hundreds of miles before it touches ground again, and hundreds of such balloons send atmospheric information back to data centers on a daily basis.

The high altitude weather balloon created at Sci-Quest will be launched at GigaParts as part of Ham Radio Day on Saturday, March 29th. According to Sci-Quest, “Participants will help with the balloon launch, see data from their experiment and observe the weather balloon fly in real time.”

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WHAT: Weather Balloon Workshop

WHO: Visitors 12 and older, and children 11 and under who are accompanied an adult.

WHY: You’re curious about weather. You have a budding meteorologist or atmospheric scientist in the family.

WHEN: The workshop is on Thursday, March 27, 10:00 a.m. - Noon. (The launch is on Saturday, March 29, at 10:00 a.m.)

WHERE: Huntsville, AL. Sci-Quest is at 1435 Paramount Drive. GigaParts is at 1426B Paramount Drive.

HOW: Included with general admission to Sci-Quest, but pre-registration online is required.

FOR MORE INFO: Visit Sci-Quest online, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

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