Charleston Academy’s ambitions to launch a mission into Space took a step closer this week. Staff from the Inverness based Orion Group visited school today to hand over a weather balloon and a custom built payload of equipment containing still cameras, GPS devices, weather instruments, and a GoPro Camera. Orion had previously assisted Charleston Academy pupil Cameron Fraser (1T2) and his Dad Barry Fraser launch a weather balloon successfully into space. Orion provided generous financial backing for the project which saw Cameron and his Dad design the payload over many months. Their mission was a great success and gained widespread national news coverage.
Orion always intended to donate the equipment to Cameron’s school, Charleston Academy. So this term PT Physics Mr Michael Sharkey and PT Geography Mrs Lyndie Cameron have started a club with pupils interested in taking part in a similar venture to launch the balloon into space. Around thirty pupils have volunteered so far and were on hand this week to receive Orion’s kind donation of technical and scientific equipment. Mr Sharkey and Mrs Cameron were joined by Louis Slorach (6S), Jay Hannah (6S), Pollyanna Grey (6L) and Barry Fraser to receive the equipment from Angela Hamilton, Head of Marketing at Orion.
Rector Chris O’Neill thanked Orion on behalf of the staff and pupils saying, “he was really grateful for Orion staff taking time out to meet pupils and talk to us about their successful mission” noting that the project now allows the school to provide an exciting cross-curricular project that will involve Computing, Geography, Physics, Photography, and Design & Technology.
Depute Head Boy Callum White (6S) also thanked Orion and said that his ultimate aim was to see Charleston Academy launch a weather balloon into space. The original footage of Cameron Fraser and Barry Fraser’s mission is fantastic and Charleston Academy hopes to replicate this sometime soon. Watch this Space!