Education soaring sky high at Shaftesbury


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This article was published 09/11/2011 (3985 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

This past week, Shaftesbury High School students sent the next phase of SHARP (Shaftesbury High Altitude Robotics Project) into orbit.

Since its start in 2009, SHARP has given students the opportunity to join a group that would teach them about the science and statistics you would receive from sending a sophisticated weather balloon up 120,000 feet. The first mission was launched in October 2010, and now from student direction and ideas, the next step in the robotics project came SHARP 2.

Completely breaking the mold from the first launch, the new payload had video recording capabilities, temperature sensors, GPS and amateur radio transmitters. In addition to all the technical items secured in the octagon base, students added samples of Vitamin C, hydrogen peroxide and two types of legumes.

Supplied Photo Shaftesbury High School students recently sent SHARP 2 (Shaftesbury High Altitude Robotics Project), a weather balloon, into orbit.

Following the landing the students evaluate the products and the effects that irregular conditions have on their development and performance. Students who are used to seeing their work completed in the classroom, or in their communities like Charleswood are now able to see just how far a unique science experiment can go.

Anyone who is interested in more information on SHARP, future flights, or how to get involved and make a donation, can visit 

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For the Colour Party from the Royal Canadian Legion Charleswood Branch No. 100, the beginning of November is a busy time for the group which honours those who have served our great country. Prior to the national day of remembrance the group has been, and will continue to visit nursing homes and schools in the area as part of Remembrance Day services around the community.

On Fri., Nov. 11 the Charleswood Legion will host its annual Remembrance Day service at Oak Park High School starting at 10:30 a.m. This year’s event is open to anyone who wishes to attend, and it’s estimated it will draw in close to 1,000 people. Among the invited guests are Myrna Driedger and Steven Fletcher, who will lay a wreath on behalf of the provincial and federal governments.

For more information on the Royal Canadian Legion Charleswood Branch No. 100, upcoming events, and history on the legion and the Sherman Tank Memorial, visit

Travis Mitchell is a community correspondent for Charleswood. You can contact him at

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