Ipswich High School launch Bear to the Upper Stratosphere

As part of National Science Week, a group of pupils from Ipswich High School for Girls launched a Teddy into space on Monday.

The all girls’ Science Club from Year 7-10, joined members of the Cambridge University Space Flight Society from Churchill College, Cambridge to send ‘Benjamin’ up to 90,000ft using a helium weather balloon. The balloon carrying Benjamin, a digital camera, a temperature sensor, a GPS tracker, a radio transmitter, and a parachute burst in the upper atmosphere and returned its contents to earth! The Teddy bear and accompanying equipment were successfully picked up after their flight, two and a half hours later by the girls, in a field in Rutland. Benjamin returned home for a well-deserved sleep!

Head of Physics, Marcus Gibbs said “we were thrilled that the flight was a huge success. The girls were really excited to be involved in the space mission, and over the moon that Benjamin took such a superb space selfie!

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