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Balloon Launch Station Tour Inspires Students

A tour of the stratosphere balloon base has inspired one teen to pursue science.

Science Timmins brought a group of about 30 kids aged 12 to 17 on tour the balloon base at the Timmins Airport yesterday afternoon.  14-year-old Emilia Oliver says she has always had a love for science. Oliver says she went to the Canada Wide Science Fair this year with a project that earned a bronze medal. She says she has always thought of a career in science, but this trip has opened her eyes to new possibilities. “I don’t really know a lot about astronomy and atmospheric stuff, and I don’t really know a lot of people who do know that.” She adds that “it was definitely cool to talk to some professionals and people who really do know.”

Oliver says all the work that is done at the Timmins base is amazing, but she has an idea of an experiment she would like to send on one of the balloons. “One that monitors the o-zone and maybe like global warming and the effects global warming has on the o-zone.”

She says she hopes to create that experiment and send it into the sky one day.

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