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UI Students, Fifth Graders Launch Massive Balloons

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - University of Iowa College of Education students teamed up with fifth graders from Shimek Elementary in Iowa City for a unique experiment Friday morning at the Macbride Nature Recreation Area.

"We've never done anything like this before, so I'm excited," said Hanna Boyd, a UI education student.

The two groups worked together to launch massive balloons into the sky. The balloons carried cameras and parachutes with them for about 100,000 feet before bursting and dropping the cameras back to earth.

"We're going to get some awesome pictures out of it, and we're going to learn a lot," Boyd said.

The college students set out Friday afternoon to track down the cameras with the help of GPS tracking. Next week they'll take the cameras to the elementary students to sort through their contents.

"This is about taking science out of the classroom," said Ted Neal, UI clinical instructor of science education.

Neal said the experiment is beneficial for both his students and the fifth graders.

"A lot of learning today," he said. "We have science, technology, engineering and math."

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