Concord East Side Elementary students launch weather balloon

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ELKHART, Ind. (WNDU) - A group of students in Elkhart County tracked a weather balloon they launched Friday morning with a number of experiments on board.

Fourth-grade students at Concord East Side Elementary began learning about weather and the atmosphere back in January.

The students then led fundraising efforts to get all the equipment needed for a weather balloon.

They sent products up into the atmosphere with the weather balloon, like yeast and Jell-O, to find out how they are affected by the low pressure environment.

“There's lots of teamwork going on, and we all cooperate and we all like each other's ideas,” fourth-grader Elveera Astakhou said.

“It's just a very good experience to have, because if it goes up like ours did, it makes you very proud,” another student named Addison Worden said.

“It really just makes me excited for their futures,” said their teacher, Ryan Wallick. “This is what they're doing as 10- and 11-year-olds, so their future seems pretty bright if they're already doing awesome things like this.”

After launching and monitoring the balloon, the students boarded a bus to travel to where it landed to collect their data.