Up Up and Away….

Owego Free Academy Balloon Launch Club

Owego Free Academy Balloon Launch Club

Owego Free Academy Science Club Balloon Launch

Students carry the gadget equipped with cameras, GPS devices and a parachute to the OFA lawn.

Owego Free Academy Balloon Launch Club

A sneak peak reveals a note for anyone who may find the device on its travels

Owego Free Academy Balloon Launch

Two cameras secured inside – one facing up to capture the balloon burst and the other facing outward to photograph the Earth below…

Owego Free Academy Balloon Launch

Owego Free Academy Balloon Launch

Owego Free Academy Balloon Launch

“Big B” the main GPS device is backed up with a lesser hiker’s GPS unit in case of malfunction from heat.

Owego Free Academy Balloon Launch

A Lockheed Martin engineer supported the project and teaches kids here how to sync the devices to cell phones in order to track the balloon from the ground.

Owego Free Academy Balloon Launch

Owego Free Academy Balloon Launch

Owego Free Academy Balloon Launch

Another teacher fills the balloon with Helium to a diameter of 5 ft.  As it rises and pressure changes, it expands to 20 ft in diameter and bursts.  A small parachute carries is back to Earth as the cameras spin images every step of the way.

Owego Free Academy Balloon Launch

Attaching the contraption to the balloon base.

Owego Free Academy Balloon Launch

Owego Free Academy Balloon Launch Club

Owego Free Academy Balloon Launch

Preparing for take off!

Owego Free Academy Balloon Launch

Owego Free Academy Balloon Launch

UP UP and Away!

Owego Free Academy Balloon Launch

Owego Free Academy Balloon Launch

Owego Free Academy Balloon Launch

Teacher John Heath, Owego Free Academy

Owego Free Academy Balloon Launch

One cool Science Kid!

For more information on this totally cool project and to follow the results of this Science Project, contact John Heath via Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/john.heath.338658   To see a full version of the launch, go to The Camera’s Eye, click Client Proofing and type:  “balloon”   This is the Club’s 4th Launch but first Summer Launch.  The balloon and camera’s flight should last approximately one and a half hours depending on wind and heat conditions.  Once the balloon bursts, the camera contraption travels by parachute back to Earth.  The middle school students added their own twist to the experiment by trying to break the world record for highest “egg drop.”  On the side of the box is one small raw egg they are hoping lands in ONE piece!  The last I heard, it had landed 40 feet up in a tree near Chenango Park, NY but they aren’t sure how to get it down…. lol.  Good luck kids!

Kate & Bill at Glenora Wine Cellars, Upstate NY

Katy’s dress from Bonjulie’s in Horseheads NY http://www.bonjulies.com/

Last week’s activities landed the crew at The Camera’s Eye Studio in the vineyards of Glenora Wine Cellars  for the celebration of Kate & Bill’s wedding vows.

Vows under the sun: http://www.thecameraseye.biz

Initially greeted by Kathy Marchenese, Wedding Coordinator at Glenora (kathy@glenora.com);  my assistant, Patrick Boyer and I received a complimentary glass of Pomegranate Pizzazz.

Wine and cupcake tower at the Reception at Glenora

So kind of Kathy and very indicative of her nature and business style.  We learned the lay of the land and watched the bridal party rehearse under the arbor that overlooked the grape vines and beautful Seneca Lake.

Ring exchange on the lawn of Glenora Wine Cellars: http://www.thecameraseye.biz

The next day, under the heat of an unforgiving sun, the bridal party and guests engaged in a lovely ceremony as Bill and Katy exchanged vows and rings in the late afternoon.

Maid of Honor, Glenora Wine Cellars, NY

We photographed in the vineyards and off location at an amazing privately-owned waterfall while guests ate gingerly at a wine & cheese tasting on the lawn and then a cocktail hour on a red and turquoise adorned deck overlooking the water.

Privately-owned waterfall near Glenora Wine Cellars

Later, we joined the guests inside for a red and teal themed reception decorated by an Ithaca florist who grew all her own flowers.  You have to see this bouquet!

Bridal Bouquet from Ithaca-based florist

Our DJ on the night was Ryan Bombard from Ryan Bombard Entertainment, who entertained quests with his photobooth pictures that were glued into an album for the bride and groom to use as a quest book.  What an great idea!  Of course… we jumped in with our cameras, mexican hats and enormous red sunglasses!  Not exactly work-related, but hey, how could we tell you how fun it was if we didn’t try it?!!

Bridesmaid’s Bouquet from Ithaca-based florist

Congratulations Katy & Bill and hats off to all vendors involved!  For additional information, don’t hesitate to e-mail: lisamcqueeney@gmail.com, Facebook: Lisa McQueeney or visit the Glenora website: http://www.glenora.com/Weddings/Weddings-at-Glenora

Relief and excitement from our Bride and Groom