A little bit of context
Scouts are a youth focused organisation with a long history of adventure and exploration. We wish to continue these traditions and help Scouts based in the South West learn about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) via an exciting hands-on project in the spirit of Scouts adventure and exploration.
But there’s a problem
Kids today spend a lot of time learning from screens and electronic resources. While kids might dream about Space, and watch films and TV shows about astronauts, in general there is not much that young people, especially in regional areas, can do to get involved in Space activities.
Here’s what we’re doing about it
Warrnambool Tooram Scout Group is planning on launching a balloon, equipped with a live camera and a bunch of science experiments to the edge of space, and you can join in the fun!
Our aim is to provide a valuable learning experience for young people and to encourage kids to get involved in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
We will use a weather balloon to carry a scientific payload up to the edge of space. Live radio tracking will monitor the height and position, and stream live photos back to the ground. At a pre-determined height, the balloon will burst and parachute back to earth, where we will track the location and retrieve the payload.
This type of project has been completed successfully by groups like ours, several times in different countries around the world.
You can join us
We have made a budget to purchase the equipment and run the event.
We need $1,500, which will cover the purchase of all the necessary hardware and equipment. Some of the equipment is re-usable, and we will purchase enough consumables to make several flights.
And here’s some amazing perks for supporting us that you can’t live without
Anybody who donates will be invited to the launch.
Donators who give $100 or more will have their name or message printed on a small flag that will fly with the balloon to the edge of space!
News and updates:
Our project was featured in the Warrnambool Standard newspaper on Monday 23rd October (page 2), and online on Facebook.