Darwen Goes Into Space!
Darwen Aldridge Community Academy came up with the idea at the start of the year that they would like to do something really big during British Science week.
"We realised that there would be a partial solar eclipse on the Friday of Science week so we thought we would have a space themed week. The plan was simply to see how high we could get a camera and then get it back again.
The balloon was 2 metres in diameter before launch but due to the pressure difference at altitude swelled up to 10 metres which would cause the balloon to burst and deploy the parachute landing the camera and scientific equipment back to Earth. The balloon travelled at around 10mph on its ascent reaching a maximum altitude of 34km before it burst. The footage from this height gave a wonderful insight into the thickness of the atmosphere, the fragility of our planet and the curvature of the Earth.
The equipment in the payload box included a camera and sensors sensitive to altitude, speed, temperature and pressure. The lowest recorded temperature was -45C, the fastest speed 30mph and the journey length 3hours 40 minutes. Also on-board were GPS locators which sent information to our mobile phones about the whereabouts of the balloon. We travelled to Hebden Bridge, where are flight predictor suggested the balloon would land. We received messages on the balloons descent and when it landed it gave us the coordinates which we put into Google Earth."
The balloon landed on the Airedale Shopping Centre in Keighley.
The Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy announces start of construction of new campus
The Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy (IPACA) has announced that it has signed the building contract with Wates Construction on its new Campus at Maritime House, with work starting on 20th April 2015.
In a letter to parents Joint Interim Principals Rob Russell, Darren Marklew and Stuart McLeod said: "The special design of our new Campus is an integral part of our vision for better learning, improved attainment, and higher achievement for all. Our new Campus will enable us to realise our vision and deliver world class education designed for work, life and learning in the fast changing 21st Century."
On completion of the work the Academy will have moved from the original five sites of the founding schools to purpose built campuses at Maritime House and Osprey Quay, and have added a new Sixth Form Centre.