YORKLEY School staged what the children described as ‘the best science lesson ever’ last week with the launch of a weather balloon to the edge of space.

Weather balloons are high gas balloons that can be tracked in the Earth’s atmosphere, used for gathering data to predict the weather.

With the help of balloon operator Chris Hillcox and school governor Chris Wood, cameras were attached to take photos at 24,000m above Earth to launch the children’s learning on a wide range of topics including space, the Earth and its atmosphere, and plants.

The helium-filled weather balloon will be used to conduct experiments on a payload of seeds.

These seeds were radiated, and the children will be looking at how this affects a plant’s growth by comparing them to a control group of seeds kept safely on Earth!