"I was interested in space and rockets, that type of stuff," said Denis Healy.
That stuff was an inspiration for the experiment that he sent thousands of feet into the sky.
"I was hoping to see how the solar panel was affected by the increasing altitude, the increasing sun rays, and the Go Pro was added for fun just to see what it looked like," said Healy.
"I was able to inflate the balloon and sent it up into the atmosphere and record some nice footage," he said.
The video and photos were taken with his Go Pro camera that captured footage of the Sonoran Desert from more than 60,000 feet.
He launched the balloon southwest of the valley, in the middle of the desert.
"I was a maker and builder as a kid, my mom always brings up the image of me using all my toys to build a highway system, or train system with Legos and those raceways," said Healy.
"Even at 18-years-old I'm still 5-years-old inside, still building, to just have fun and see what I can do," he said.
A personal science project for this Brophy senior is now getting public praise.