Fifth graders launched their hot air balloons this morning on Centennial Field. Science teacher Leah Staffier had to wait for favorable weather conditions – low wind and cool temperatures. Students launched their 3-meter tall balloons into a clear blue sky and were cheered on by parents who came to watch the event.
They constructed the 3-meter tall balloons in class from tissue paper, glue, string, and a copper ring. This is a great example of a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activity, because it integrates so much content across those disciplines. Some of the concepts and skills that students are exposed to during this activity are metric measurement, proportions, building models, density, gravity, buoyancy, convection, engineering, and design. This is by far one of the favorite Tenacre experiences and captures the imaginations of students.