World Academy STEM Students Launch High-Altitude Balloon

June 4, 2018

Contact: Samantha Wingate
Phone: (603) 888-1982

The Successful Launch with N1FD Gave Students Hands-On Experience

Fifth-Eighth Grade students of World Academy in Nashua recently partnering with the Nashua Area Radio Society (N1FD) for the first World Academy STEM CLUB project involving the making and launching of a High Altitude Balloon.

The High-Altitude Balloon, called HAB-3, launched successfully on Sunday, June 3 from the Hollis-Brookline High School in Hollis, NH. The balloon was then successfully recovered just a few hours later, having recorded plenty of exciting and useful data.

According to Nashua Area Radio Society Keymaster Fred Kemmerer, the balloon “burst at 114,815 ft asl. This was quite close to our predicted burst altitude of 110,000 ft asl.”

A full breakdown of HAB-3's travels, including its flight path for the entire journey and the final landing spot, can be found at the Nashua Area Radio Society.

This launch offered a great experience for World Academy’s STEM students to earn hands-on experience planning, launching, and documenting a real-world experiment.


World Academy is a state licensed, independent, developmentally-appropriate and academically rigorous private school for children from ages six weeks through Grade 8. Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, it offers high quality Early Childhood Programs, Elementary and Middle School, Before and Afterschool Programs, and Summer Quest Camp. For almost 40 years the school has been dedicated to providing all students with a high-quality, 21st-century, diverse, “whole child” focused education that supports families and engages all facets of a child’s being, including cognitive/intellectual, physical, social-emotional, cultural and creative aspects.

Located at 138 Spit Brook Road in Nashua, the state-of- the-art 55,000 square-foot campus features specialized wings for Nursery, Preschool, Elementary and Middle School students; three age-appropriate playgrounds; a natural playground; two in-ground swimming pools; Gymnasium/Theater complex with a rock climbing wall; nature trails; a soccer field; an accelerated Math Program; immersive World Languages programs; Lego Robotics built into the curriculum for K-8; and much more.

Students from World Academy have consistently been accepted into their first choice schools including Groton School, Middlesex School, Lawrence Academy, Bishop Guertin High School, Central Catholic High School, Berwick Academy, The Derryfield School, and The Pike School, to name a few.

For more information, contact Samantha Wingate, Director of Admissions at 603-888-1982.