Last month, Pilgrim made history!
Our very own Pilgrim School launched a weather balloon. This balloon was donated by the Sobieski family, who have children in the Pilgrim High School.
Students gathered in a circle on the Big Yard to see math and engineering teacher Mr. Joe Concialdi tie ropes from the balloon to a small package of instruments which are designed to record data as the balloon rises and makes its trip. One of the students started a countdown that ended with “Lift off!!” With that cue, Mr. Concialdi released the giant balloon. The entire school watched with open mouths and eyes as the huge white balloon disappeared into the overcast skies above.
Fifth grade is studying weather in our science lab. We learned how meteorologists use information gathered from weather balloons to predict, learn about and study weather.
With an onboard GPS, students at Pilgrim were able to track the flight path of the weather balloon. So the plan was that when it landed, the Sobieski family could pick it up. However things did not go according to plan. The weather balloon was predicted to land near Palm Springs. The winds carried the balloon east and into a military base. When the Sobieski family arrived and asked if they could retrieve the Pilgrim balloon, the soldiers laughed. Since it landed on the Military base, the balloon and instruments are now property of the US government.
I think everyone learned a lot more than just about weather on that day!
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