Cool Things Kids Do: Balloon launched to "edge of atmosphere"

  • Blog Post by: Jeremy Olson
  • March 11, 2013 - 11:41 AM

Congratulations to the middle schoolers in Baxter, Minn., selected today as winners of Samsung's national Solve for Tomorrow contest. The seventh- and eighth-graders built, launched and tracked a helium-powered balloon, which carried cameras and climate-measuring equipment high into the stratosphere.

The winning project, which is described by the students in this two-minute video, earned Forestview Middle School $100,000 in computers and other technology from Samsung. Around 1,600 schools entered the contest, and 75 were selected as semi-finalists and asked to create a video showing how their use of science, technology, engineering and mathematics could benefit the environment and their communities.

Cool Things Kids Do is an occasional series on the extraordinary kids and teens in this community. Know of any kids doing amazing things, big or small? Email

Prior blogs from the series:

  1. Chaska teen speaks at White House
  2. Lemonade fundraiser for cancer victim
  3. Growing Veggies and Feeding the Hungry
  4. 10th Grader Earns Top Nature Photo Honor
  5. Collection Drive Nets 900 Books for Needy Kids
  6. Central senior links classmates to career advice
  7. Swimming two miles in Lake Superior

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