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Published October 23, 2012, 08:17 PM

A group of college students launch a weather balloon

Fergus Falls, MN (WDAY TV) -- A group of Central Lakes College and Bemidji State University students is taking learning to new heights.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fergus Falls, MN (WDAY TV) -- A group of Central Lakes College and Bemidji State University students is taking learning to new heights.

Students gathered in Fergus Falls to launch a high-altitude weather balloon. They attached radio transmitters and data collection pods that track temperature and humidity, and have UV and radiation sensors.

The balloon will reach about 100 thousand feet during its 110 minute flight, before bursting and falling down around Menahga.

The group will track its progress and monitor data during the trip.

Dr. Tim Kroeger, Bemidji State Geology Professor, says, "most of our students are actually education majors and so they're students that we're hoping to train them in this, sort of a very active learning type of situation so that they can take that basic concept of active learning back into the classrooms when they get out to teach."

This is Kroeger's 4th launch this year, and he says he is planning another for April.

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