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Space Cadet Barbie? Doll Brings Images of Space After Recent Trip

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Photo provided by the Lashley-Haynes Family A long-lasting battery in a weather-proof camera helped Barbie capture images from space. The project was the idea of Mountain Avenue classmates Morgan Lashley-Haynes and Rylan Brodie.

Photo provided by the Lashley-Haynes Family
A long-lasting battery in a weather-proof camera helped Barbie capture images from space. The project was the idea of Mountain Avenue classmates Morgan Lashley-Haynes and Rylan Brodie.

By Misty DUPLESSIS

Mountain Avenue Elementary second grade friends Morgan Lashley-Haynes and Rylan Brodie joined fellow classmates in participating in the school’s annual science fair.

During a play date, the girls began to brainstorm ideas for the science fair and came up with a weather balloon project that would be out of this world – literally.

The girls filled a 6-by-6 foot weather balloon with helium and dressed one of their Barbie dolls in an astronaut outfit, then sent her to do investigative research for them in space.

Barbie was equipped with a weather-proof camera, a parachute and a tracking device monitored on a smartphone application then launched into space on Dec. 7.

To ensure the retrieval of the footage from Barbie’s adventure, a note was attached asking whoever found the Mountain Avenue school project to return the equipment for a reward.

Shortly after Barbie was sent on this first ever experiment, the GPS tracker froze at about 90,000 feet. The whereabouts of this science project were unknown.

Then on the evening of Dec. 12 the Lashley-Hayneses received a call from a Southern California vegetable farmer who said that his family had seen the equipment parachute down.

The Ontario farmer refused the reward money and returned the unscathed science gear to its rightful owners.

To the little scientists’ surprise, Barbie not only brought back colorful images of the earth’s brilliant lights, but the long lasting battery enabled the camera to record Farmer James’ discovery of the doll.

Science partners Morgan Lashley-Haynes (left) and Rylan Brodie at the Science Fun Fair kick off assembly.

Science partners Morgan Lashley-Haynes (left) and Rylan Brodie at the Science Fun Fair kick off assembly.

On Jan. 25, NASA and JPL representatives will attend Mountain Avenue’s Science Fun Fair where a room will be dedicated to the experiment by these pioneering scientists.

The Lashley-Haynes and Brodie families hope to share the footage with the community through a YouTube video after the science fair.

“That is what Mountain Avenue is all about. It is all about the parents giving as much time as they have to do all these great things,” said Jansen Lashley-Haynes about the school’s encouragement and parent involvement that helped make this possible.

Brodie said that this was one of the most fun projects she had ever worked on and that she learned a lot from this experiment and that she was amazed what helium could do.

“I learned that if a Barbie can go into space, so can I,” said Lashley-Haynes, who will soon begin to think of her next year’s contribution to the school’s science fair.

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3 Responses for “Space Cadet Barbie? Doll Brings Images of Space After Recent Trip”

  1. Jacquelin Corbin says:

    This is what creative young minds, good parents and good schools can achieve, when we all work together to nurture, encourage and support our children. Go Team!!!

  2. Saty Raghavachary says:

    Mountain Avenue rocks! Interest in hands-on science is growing, which is a wonderful thing. These little scientists-in-the-making are having fun, learning a lot.

  3. S. Russell says:

    This is amazing! Way to go girls!!

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