Monday 12 May
Bewerley Park Visit.
Whole School Assembly.

Tuesday 13 May
Year 7 Cricket v Eskdale at Caedmon.
7pm Parents Voice Meeting.

Wednesday 14 May
Years 7, 8 & 9 Assemblies.
Year 8 Rounders at Eskdale.

Thursday 15 May
Whole School Reading.

Friday 16 May
Whole School Assembly.


Newsletter 9 May

 

Weather Balloon

 

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A strange white sphere was seen hovering over Whitby and for once RAF Fylingdales admitted the base had something to do with it. The sphere was actually a weather balloon launched by Caedmon students as part of its most ambitious science project ever.

 

Roger Pollock is community engagement officer at RAF Fylingdales and he explained the project fits into the STEM scheme taking place across the RAF. This sees the armed forces encouraging students to study practical subjects such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Mr Pollock said: 'We have some of the best scientists in the world in the UK but we think through promoting STEM subjects we can help create the next generation. The next Stephen Hawking could even be here at Caedmon.'

 

At its highest altitude the balloon will soar 16 miles into the atmosphere before the Teflon balloon pops and it falls steadily to the ground with the aid of a parachute. Unsurprisingly, such ambitious projects have made Mr Hartley, our science technician, popular among the students. Mr Hartley said: 'I have had comments saying it's usually cool when they come into my science lessons because something normally goes bang. I'm a science technician so it is my job to enthuse the students.'

 

The test launch of the weather balloon was the first of three planned flights which are to take place this year. The second will see the weather balloon float across the North Yorkshire Moors, while it is hoped the third will cross the entire country.

 

On board the weather balloon is a large amount of equipment. There is a video camera which is capable of recording several hours of footage. There is a still photographic camera, which will take an image every minute. There is a temperature sensor - important as the balloon will experience temperatures as low as -40C. There is also a moisture sensor, which will analyse the amount of water vapour in the air at various altitudes. A mobile phone tracking device will allow the school to locate the balloon at any given moment.

 

Watch this space for further updates!