Mission Control Cumbria 2014

We’re delighted to be one of the three schools accepted onto the React Foundation’s ‘Mission Control Cumbria 2014’ challenge.

Our team of Year 11 students, led by Mr Bradbury, had to bid for their place on the project, a process which included delivering a presentation to the React Foundation. The students worked extremely hard to put together their bid and are now excited to get started on the project!

The objective of the challenge is to build a device that will be attached to a weather balloon and record video footage as it ascends into the higher reaches of the atmosphere and during its return to earth.  The device must be capable of being recovered intact following its return to earth and of recording the altitude it reaches.

The aim is to achieve the highest altitude possible, with the most compelling footage recorded during ascent and descent.  In particular, images of the atmosphere, the curvature of the earth and the blackness of space are required.  The teams are also asked to consider what other data they could collect at the altitudes they anticipate reaching.

Our team will need to work together to design their device, build it, test it, and then launch it. This is an amazing project for our students to take part in and we can’t wait to see how they get on!