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May 26, 2010 10:08 PM by Ariel Wesler

Students study the skies using balloons

Students had their heads in the clouds today at Orcutt Academy High School in Orcutt.

Teens from the Mission to Planet Earth Systems classes launched helium-filled weather balloons 300 feet in the air. The balloons were equipped with computer sensors to collect data that the students will later analyze.

"In the book, it says temperature decreases as altitude increases, but now they actually get to measure it and see that it does that and then they can analyze the relationship between those two factors," said Ty Fredriks, a science teacher at the school.

This is second year the high school has launched the balloon experiment.

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