South Dakota science students travel to Texas for eclipse study


April 17, 2024

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On a hill on a large ranch just southeast of Dallas, schools and research groups from all over South Dakota converge to launch two weather balloons to a height of 35,000 feet carrying a diversity of payloads on everything from measuring atmospheric radiation levels to wind-blown biologicals.

by Spencer Cody

EC Science teacher

Seventeen Edmunds Central and Bowdle students and two teachers traveled by bus to view the eclipse in totality in Texas as part of an effort to increase each district's knowledge in space science and interest in space science careers.

This effort was funded through two Kelly Lane Earth and Space Science Grants made to each school funded through NASA via the South Dakota Space Grant Consortium.

Leading up to the eclipse, students in both schools worked on research and presentations concerning the space science surrounding the eclipse and related space science...

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