AF STEM grant gives students a reason to reach for the skies
R.Dane Gale, Belle Valley School superintendent, speaks with Dr. Donna Senft Air Mobility Command chief scientist, after eighth graders executed their year-long science, technology, engineering, and mathematics project made possible through an Air Force STEM grant, Nov. 30, 2018, Belleville, Illinois. Senft worked with the Scott Air Force Base school liaison officer to approve the grant. 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.