Teens study air mass, orbit and temperature

A balloon made of tissue paper and glue took flight on Friday — well somewhat. It was airborne for just 10 seconds before hitting the ground.

The launch was part of Aerospace Day at Boise State University. It’s a day for high school students and teachers to learn about science in a different way. It wasn’t about 3,2,1, blastoff.

“Making a balloon rise in the air is challenging,” said Karina Simkevich, a sophomore at Borah High.

Nearly 80 Students from Borah and Ridgevue High School learned the ins and outs of aerospace, aeronautics and aviation. Whether it’s learning the force needed to send a rocket into the sky or how an airplane keeps from crashing, students tackled many real-world problems.

“Who knew an airplane that is shaped like a circle can fly,” said Carter Brinton, a junior at Ridgevue High. “Learning about the physics of flying keeps me intrigued.”

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Carter Brinton launches his paper airplane in the air testing the distance the plane will fly.

Retired astronaut Nicole Stott, who served as flight engineer on International Space Station Expeditions 20 and 21, spoke to students about her experience in space and the journey of being an astronaut. All the students who attended the event either want to study aerospace in college or have an interest in STEM careers.

“Aerospace and aeronautics are inspiring to younger students,” said Christine Chang, project manager for the Institute for STEM and Diversity Initiatives at Boise State University. “We are showing students the aerospace opportunities available in Idaho.”

Aerospace Day

On Saturday, Feb. 4, Boise State University is hosting an Engineering and Science Festival. The free, all-day event features hands-on activities, demonstrations and interactive science shows aimed for students and parents. Click here to learn more.


Andrew Reed

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