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Y6 Weather Balloon Project

March2

Later in the year, year 6 will be taking part in a weather balloon project as part of Science Week 2016.

As part of the project, they will be collaborating with Chris Hillcox who is helping school with the technical aspects of the launch. Chris has previously been involved in projects like this for places like the National Space Centre.

You can watch a link of the launch here:

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“Y6 Weather Balloon Project”

  1. March 2nd, 2016 at 2:09 pm      Reply Abdul Says:

    Hello Chris,

    Our names are Abdul and Owais and we are in year six at Sunning Hill Primary school. The weather balloon experiment interests us because we don


  2. March 2nd, 2016 at 2:12 pm      Reply J.Boriyawala and Z.K Says:

    Questions for Chris (Weather Balloon)

    Hi Chris. We are from Sunning Hill Primary School, Bolton. We are writing to ask you a couple of questions. We have also been told that you launched a weather balloon in the sky and we found it really cool!

    Our questions

    ? How can you keep the camera still (in one place)?
    ? Why does the balloon pop when it reaches the end of the Earth


  3. March 2nd, 2016 at 2:13 pm      Reply Z. Manjra Says:

    Dear Chris,

    Our name is Zakiyah and Humara and we are from in Sunning Hill primary school in year 6.We are having a science week and we are doing a project about balloons. We are writing to you so that you could come and help us with our project.
    Here is a question for you-

    How much helium does the balloon need?

    We hope you could answer our question and also come to help us with our project; thank you

    With a lot of thanks,
    Humara and Zakiyah.


  4. March 2nd, 2016 at 2:13 pm      Reply Sumayyah 6J Says:

    Dear Chris,
    My names is Sumayyah. I am from Bolton (Sunning Hill Primary School) and we have a few questions that we want you to answer. We hope you will be able to understand and answer our questions.
    The balloon project (as you know) is about how we can take a helium balloon into space and how we are going to bring it down. Our first question is:
    *How much helium is needed in order to make the balloon project work?
    *What kind of material would ensure that the capsule would return safely?
    *Why can


  5. March 2nd, 2016 at 2:13 pm      Reply M.Z.H & Y.M Says:

    Dear Chris,
    Hello, our names are Mohammed Zakariyya and Yamin and we are pupils of Sunning Hill Primary School. We are very intrigued in this weather balloon project as we are having a science week and have plenty of questions to ask you.
    1. Why does a balloon pop when it reaches the end of the atmosphere?
    2. How does the capsule return to Earth safely?
    3. How much helium does the balloon need?
    4. Why does the balloon pop at the certain height?


  6. March 2nd, 2016 at 2:16 pm      Reply M.Chapti Says:

    Dear Chris,
    We are pupils from Sunning Hill Primary School in Year 6.
    I was wondering how much helium does the balloon need?


  7. March 2nd, 2016 at 2:16 pm      Reply B. Ismail and H. Mulla Says:

    Dear Chris,
    Our names are Haleemah and Bilal. We come from Bolton and both go to Sunning Hill Primary School. This weather balloon project interests us as we both have a passion for science and experiments. There are a few questions which we would like you to answer:
    Why does the balloon pop when it reaches the upper atmosphere?
    How can we make the capsule return to Earth safely without any of the equipment being damaged?
    What amount of helium is needed to lift the balloon of the ground and for it to reach outer space?
    How long will it take to locate the balloon and retrieve it?
    We look forward to hearing from you soon
    King Regards


  8. March 2nd, 2016 at 2:18 pm      Reply M.Solicitor S.Limbada Says:

    Hello Chris,
    We are 10 and 11 years from sunning hill primary school. Are you interested in science? We are really interested in getting in touch with you. Hope you are to.
    1. How strong does the balloon have to be?
    2. Why does the balloon pop?
    3. How much helium does the balloon need to have?
    4. Where do you put the GPS?
    5. Why does the capsule return to earth?


  9. March 2nd, 2016 at 2:19 pm      Reply A.M Says:

    Hello Chris,
    My name is Aamena and I am from Sunning Hill. We are taking part in the weather balloon experiment and we have a few questions we would like to ask:
    1. When the balloon rises, will the helium get colder of hotter?
    2. What is the maximum weight the balloon can hold?
    3. Why does the balloon need to get to a certain point before it pops?
    Thank you


  10. March 2nd, 2016 at 2:19 pm      Reply M.Ali Musa Says:

    Dear Mrs Chris,

    My name is Mohammad Ali and I want to know where and how do you put our camera in the air craft. When the balloon pops the camera will brake so how do we know where the balloon got to up in the air? How does the capsule return safely without it been damaged? Why does the balloon pop at a certain height? How much helium does the balloon need? Does the balloon have to be big? How big will the capsule be? How will the GPS work if it has fallen down? How are we going to make the capsule? Can you estimate how far up will it go? What if the balloon crashes on a plane/helicopter? Thank you for reading my questions. By.


  11. March 2nd, 2016 at 2:21 pm      Reply N. Mahomed And I. patel Says:

    Hello. My name is Ibrahim and this is my friend Naeem. We are intrigued to know about our project. Weather balloons. We are now going to ask you a few questions.

    . HOW DOES THE BALLOON ESCAPE THE EARTHS GRAVITY?
    . WHY DOES THE BALLOON POP?
    . HOW DOES CAPTUALE REACH THE EARTH?
    . HOW MUCH HEUIUM OE HE BALLOON NEED?


  12. March 2nd, 2016 at 2:29 pm      Reply Z.Mohammed and S.Fefarawala Says:

    Hello Chris,
    Our names are Saba and Zakariyya and we come from Sunning Hill Primary School in Bolton. We are interested in where the atmosphere stops and how the balloon begins to pop when it reaches the outer edge of the atmosphere. Please can you help us find the answers to these questions?


  13. March 2nd, 2016 at 2:31 pm      Reply M.Patail M.Patel Says:

    Dear Chris,
    We are year 6 pupils from Sunning Hill Primary School and we are taking part in this weather balloon project. We have heard about the balloon experiment and we are really excited to learn about it. We were wondering if you could help us with the project and if you could answer these questions.
    We are really excited to figure out how much helium you need for the balloon? It interest us a lot because we have never done anything like this before. Also does more helium make the balloon go higher? It


  14. March 2nd, 2016 at 2:59 pm      Reply S.Limbada Says:

    Hello Chris,
    I am writing to ask you a few questions about our balloon project. This is a pleasure and I would love it if you could answer them. I am from Sunning Hill Primary School and my name is Sumayya. The first question is, how will we keep in track with the weather balloon? Also I would like to know how we can keep the camera nice and warm, so when it goes in space it can record what is happening. How much helium would you need to fill the balloon? Thank you for taking your time to read this letter.


  15. March 2nd, 2016 at 3:01 pm      Reply Hannah & Awaisa Says:

    Hello Chris,
    We are both pupils of Sunning Hill Primary School: named Awaisa and Hannah. We would like to know the answer to a few questions, if you don


  16. March 2nd, 2016 at 3:05 pm      Reply Z.Hafeji and A.Patel Says:

    Hello Chris we are from Sunning Hill and we are called Zain and Arkaan and we are from the weather balloon project that Mr Taylor is organising. We have also been told that you launched a weather balloon in the sky and we found it really cool! Here are a few questions we have:
    How are we going to do it?
    How long will it take to fly the balloon in the sky?

    kind regards
    Zain and Arkaan


  17. March 2nd, 2016 at 3:09 pm      Reply F.Z.U and A.N Says:

    Dear Chris,
    We are Fatima Zahra and Aysha from Sunning Hill Primary School.
    This project interests us as we have always wondered what it would be like to see the Earth from a bird


  18. March 2nd, 2016 at 3:11 pm      Reply S.Ibrahim and M.Kala Says:

    Hello Chris,
    We- Sadiya and Mohammad from Bolton- are writing to ask you a few things about this interesting, question-raising project that our school (Sunning Hill P.C.) could not do without your help.
    The reason that this project intrigues us is that it is an opportunity to learn many new things such as how helium works. We were wondering: How are we going to keep the camera safe and warm; where does the Earth


  19. March 2nd, 2016 at 3:13 pm      Reply M.P and K.M Says:

    Hello Chris, we are Mustaqeem and Khadijah and from Sunning Hill Primary School. We are interested in this balloon project as it is a good way to learn a bit about space. We want to learn more about this project as it is interesting and fun. We would like to ask you a few questions


  20. March 2nd, 2016 at 3:14 pm      Reply M.nalla & y.umarji Says:

    Hello Chris
    Our names are: Muhammad & Yusuf and we are from Sunning Hill Primary School and we are in year 6.
    This project interests us because we have never done anything like this before. Also we are very interested in science projects like this one.
    We have a few questions that we would like to ask you, if you don


  21. March 2nd, 2016 at 3:18 pm      Reply sarah and maryam Says:

    Hello Chris,
    Our names are Sarah and Maryam. In science we are learning about weather balloons and we would like to join the weather balloon project. We would like to ask a few questions:
    How much helium does the weather balloon need?
    Why does the weather balloons pop?
    How can you keep the camera still in on place?
    How would you take photo?

    We would like you to reply back and hope to see you soon. Bye.

    Many thanks,
    Sarah & Maryam.


  22. March 2nd, 2016 at 3:18 pm      Reply Ibrahim and Ismail Says:

    Dear Chris,
    Hi this is Ismail and Ibrahim we are from a beautiful town Bolton. We are writing to ask you some question about our topic, which you would know a lot about.
    I. How much helium do you need?
    II. How long will the helium last for?
    III. How warm does the capsule need to be?
    IV. How stable dose the camera have to be?
    V. How can we keep the camera still?
    VI. How will we keep the camera warm?
    VII. How does the payload return back to Earth?
    VIII. How does the payload return back to Earth?


  23. March 2nd, 2016 at 3:19 pm      Reply I.Haq and M.Umar Says:

    Dear Chris,
    My name is Mohummed Umar Ilyas Adia and my mate Imdaadul Anwarul Haqis joyning me . We are writing thisto ask some inthusiastick questions like


  24. March 2nd, 2016 at 3:20 pm      Reply Zak and Zahra Says:

    Hello Chris,
    We are from sunnining hill primary school and we would like to ask you some questions.How will we beable to keep the camera safe and not make it freez or fall out of its position when the balloon pops?How high does the balloon get until it pops?How long would it take until the camera lands back on the ground?
    Kind regards, Zak and Zahra


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