Ice Cream in (Near) Space

Little Baby’s Ice Cream approached us with a wild idea: could we launch their ice cream into space? This sparked a burst of creativity in Ms. Chambers’s advisory. Some students wanted to develop a unique flavor of ice cream that would reflect our school and our favorite Philadelphia foods: Butterscotch Krimpets, store pretzels, story water ice, pharm or maybe even cheesesteaks. Some students focused on developing an insulated container that would keep the ice cream cold as long as possible. And some students jumped into the math and science required to send something into space using a balloon. Mr. Keith Sevcik, Workshop School board member and rocket scientist, offered expert guidance throughout the project.

Along the way, students found out how far away space is, how long it takes to get there, how to use a GPS unit, a drone, and a GoPro to document their journey, and how hard it is to make delicious cheesesteak ice cream. They sent their balloon up on Saturday, June 13, and tracked it all the way from Devon, PA to Cross Keys, NJ over the next 4 hours. Students estimated that the balloon traveled approximately 100,000 ft into the atmosphere and landed 10 miles east of Cape May in the Atlantic Ocean.


Flight Team

  • Put together balloon kit
  • Figure out how to attach ice cream container
  • Predict flight direction and length
  • Analyze flight data

Refrigeration Team

  • What is the best flavor of ice cream to choose?
  • Make freeze dried ice cream
  • Figure out a way to package ice cream so it stay cold, non-icy, and light enough to fly

Media Team

  • Plan the outline/overview of the documentary
  • Film segments for the documentary
  • Work with filmmaker on documentary
  • Write press releases to contact local media outlets/interested people
  • Research if we qualify for a world record


Launch day!
Ice Cream in Space

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