Savannah schools: St. Andrew’s School partners with JCB on weather balloon eclipse project

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Students of St. Andrew’s School (SAS) will send a weather balloon above the Earth’s atmosphere this Mon. Aug. 21, 2017, to capture images and data of the first total solar eclipse since June 1918. During the solar eclipse, the moon will completely cover the sun, resulting in one of the most unique celestial events of the past century.

For more than one year, 30 students ranging in grade from seven to 11, have designed, built and tested the device consisting of a weather balloon, Raspberry Pi software, digital cameras and a JCB LiveLink unit. The students’ goal is to capture photographs of the eclipse and ‘flight data’ such as pitch, roll, altitude, barometric pressure and any change in temperature that may occur during the solar eclipse.

“This partnership with St. Andrew’s provides JCB with an opportunity to contribute to the educational development of our local community,” states Chris Giorgianni, vice president of Product Support and Government & Defense for JCB North America. “Congratulations to Mr. Greenall and St. Andrew’s for inspiring this young team of future technologists as they work on a project that could shape their future educational and career decisions.”

Pictured above L to R: Josie Weeks, Johan Bregler, Chris Giorgianni (JCB), Ariella Scalese (WSAV Meteorologist), Sydney Bacon

About St. Andrew’s

St. Andrew’s School on Wilmington Island is a college preparatory school for Pre-K3 through Grade 12 located on Wilmington Island, Savannah.

The independent school offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and has been recognized
for the past five years as an Apple Distinguished School. St. Andrew’s School was named best Savannah private school in Savannah Magazine in 2016.

St. Andrew’s now offers FREE A.M. bus service with centralized pick up locations in Sandfly and on Skidaway Island.

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St. Andrew’s School, 601 Penn Waller Rd, Savannah, 31410. 912.897.4941, , email  On Facebook here.   On Twitter here. St. Andrew’s is a advertiser.

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