AF STEM grant gives students a reason to reach for the skies
Abby Carlton, Savannah Hoffman, and Allyssa Owen, Smithton Middle School eighth graders, rush to the school bus to retrieve the recently launched high-altitude computer after their year-long science, technology, engineering, and mathematics project made possible through an Air Force STEM grant, Nov. 30, 2018, Belleville, Illinois. Three schools, Emge Junior High School, Smithton Middle School and Belle Valley School, worked together to launch a balloon that carried a high-altitude computer, which analyzed data ranging from altitude and coordinates traveled to temperature and pressure. The students found the popped balloon 140 miles away in Mount Carmel, Illinois.

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