SERGEANTSVILLE, NJ – The Delaware Township Summer STEAM Program invites everyone to participate in its marquee science project and view completed artworks on Wednesday, July 25.

It is an ambitious expansion of the township’s popular and long-running Summer Recreation Program. This year serves as the inaugural year of a three-week intensive Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) program.

The Summer STEAM Program was launched to address the growing need and demand for high-quality STEAM activities to engage young minds during the summer months – providing a fun, yet intensive, hands-on immersion program including both Art and Science topics. The program is open to all residents ages 5 to 13. The program operates from noon to 3 p.m. each weekday for three weeks during July.

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The key science project for 2018 is the High-Altitude Weather Balloon Project. The balloon launch date is currently planned for 1 p.m. July 25 on the grounds of Delaware Township School in Sergeantsville. The backup date(s) in event of uncooperative weather are Thursday, July 26, and Friday July 27. Key highlights of the project and its payload include:

  • Student designed, built, tested, and operated – all ages from 5 to 13 actively involved throughout
  • Initial balloon size – 12-foot diameter inflated with 120 cubic feet of helium
  • Target altitude – 100,000+ feet.
  • Coordination and approval with the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA)
  • Multiple sensors and tracking equipment including barometric pressure, temperature, radiation, and humidity
  • Estimated ascent time of  about 3 hours; estimated descent time about 2 hours
  • Integrated parachute and redundant tracking mechanisms.
  • Projected landing zone up to 75 miles from launch site

Hosted concurrently, the young artists’ work will be on display. A centerpiece display of abstract paintings in the style of Wassily Kandinsky highlight the talents of the local artists. In addition to Kandinsky, the young artists will also be exhibiting their silhouette works in the style of the contemporary artist, Kara Walker.

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