Journey to the Edge of Space (STEM, grades 8-12) August 1-5 Students will journey to the edge of space in this weeklong high adventure camp focusing on the earth’s atmosphere. In this exciting camp, students will have the opportunity to help plan the launch of a high altitude weather balloon and its payload, gathering experimental data about the atmosphere during the voyage. Using computer controlled video cameras in the balloon payload, students will record the ascent of the balloon, showing the payload go above any cloud deck. The cameras will record the roar of the wind as the payload passes through the jet stream. As the balloon continues to rise, the beautiful blue sky will turn an inky black. At 20 miles high, the balloon will be above most of the earth’s atmosphere and flying in a near vacuum, the temperature outside will be 60 degrees below zero, and the camera will show the curvature of the earth. Finally the balloon will explode, releasing a parachute that will slow the descent of the payload and its valuable data. Students’ mission then will be to recover the balloon and payload, using a GPS receiver connected to HAM radio equipment. Launch will take place early in the morning (between 6 and 7 a.m.) when winds are lightest; the specific day of the week will depend on weather conditions. On the night before the launch, students will have the option to return to Kopernik in the evening and sleep over (breakfast will be provided). Journey to the Edge of Space runs Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.