High school students learn about the atmosphere

High school students learn about the atmosphere
(Source: Dr. Tillman Kennon)
(Source: Dr. Tillman Kennon)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - One Arkansas State University professor is helping high school students across the state understand the atmosphere.

Dr. Tillman Kennon and Pottsville High School Teacher Ed Roberts have been launching weather blimps since June of last year and students said they are loving it.

"This has been an exciting process," said Dr. Kennon. "Just how excited they get, and they ask very good questions, very intuitive questions. They are not afraid to think out of the box and sometimes they ask questions that are very difficult to answer. But, it is really exciting when you see them getting really excited."

The high altitude blimps are anywhere from ten to thirteen feet long and carry instruments that track temperature, relative humidity, carbon dioxide, and methane every 30 minutes.

The students gather the data and plug it into the program's website, where other schools can track the information as well.

Dr. Kennon is hoping another grant will allow the program to expand.

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