The Olean City School District (OCSD) Foundation will provide $2,500 to high school science students to fund their upcoming “Marathon to the Sky” project.
The project, managed by student Saad Mirza and supervised by OHS teacher Dan Freeman, is an attempt by a team of earth science students and club members to send a payload to near-space using a scientific balloon. Students are aiming to reach an altitude of 42,195 meters, the distance of a marathon. HD cameras would be nestled inside the payload, which will also include scientific sensors designed to measure humidity, temperature, pressure, visible light, latitude, longitude, speed and altitude. The project is geared toward generating a greater interest in science at the high school level, and requires leadership, cooperation, research and critical thinking outside the classroom.
Students involved with the project have formally entered the Global Space Balloon Challenge, an international education outreach project that encourages people from around the world to build and launch their own high altitude balloons. Over a single weekend, teams from all over the world will launch balloons to the edge of space, recover them, and share the photos and data that they have collected. Olean is the only high school representing New York State in the challenge.
Over the last six months, the foundation has invested more than $12,000 into the Olean City School District. Recent projects include purchasing better equipment for classrooms, funding motivational speakers for students, supporting summer learning programs and more.
If you’re interested in making a tax-deductible donation to the foundation, and helping enhance the level of education for students within our district, please click on the “Donate” tab at the top of the page.