Derby students take physics lessons to new heights

DERBY, Kansas – Some students at Derby High School took their physics lesson to new heights.

Earlier this month, the kids in Haley Hutchinson’s class used a helium balloon to launch a plastic container into the sky, filled was giant marshmallows and topped with a small replica of the school mascot, the panther.

Cameras attached to the balloon videotaped its amazing ride, peaking at 91,000 feet above Earth.

Later, when the balloon came down, the students studied its path and the altitude’s effect on the marshmallows, comparing to their projections.

Follow this link to see the videos to see the students’ entire video of the project. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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