Watch school pupils send their work to the edge of space

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Pupils at a South Tyneside school took their work to new heights when they sent it off into space.

Youngsters at Keelmans Way School in Hebburn kickstarted their new term by embarking on a space project.

For two weeks pupils at the school – from the school’s nursery through to their post 16 students – took part in a range of space-themed activities.

This culminated in them sending a helium filled balloon to a height of over 100,000 feet

The balloon’s journey was captured on video and was able to be tracked by pupils back in the classroom.

Other projects included listening to sensory stories with a Space theme, making models of planets and creating spaceships and alien masks and astrounaut suits.

“The pupils had a great time with all the different activities but were really excited about seeing their work going up into space and seeing out school logo so high up.

David Camps

Science lead David Camps said: “We were looking for a project to really engage the students when they came back from their summer break.

“We invited a company called Into Space to the school and they helped us to create the pod which was sent up into space.

“The pupils had a great time with all the different activities but were really excited about seeing their work going up into space and seeing our school logo so high up.

“They absolutely loved the project from beginning to end but it was being able to track the balloon which really captured their imaginations.”

“We were able to track the balloon as it travelled up to 100,000 feet before it exploded and floated back to earth.

“It was a great project to engage the students with and to start the new school year with.”