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News Education Hot air balloon demonstration at Mountain View Intermediate School

Students in the 5th and 6th grade at MVI recently had the opportunity to watch, firsthand, the REMAX hot air balloon take flight. The demonstration was part of the students’ heat energy studies through their science classes. Sixth grade students extended their learning by attending a 30- minute program provided by Tom Lattin, the REMAX Program Coordinator / Pilot for the RE/MAX Carolinas Balloon Program.

The lesson covered the story of how the first manned flight took place on Nov. 21, 1783, in addition to the science, history and operation of a hot air balloon, including behavior of the molecules of air, density, and air pressure.

Fifth and 6th grade sudents at MVI gathered behind the school to watch the REMAX hot air balloon take flight as a part of a science lesson about heat energy.Students in the 5th and 6th grade at MVI recently had the opportunity to watch, firsthand, the REMAX hot air balloon take flight. The demonstration was part of the students’ heat energy studies through their science classes. Sixth grade students extended their learning by attending a 30- minute program provided by Tom Lattin, the REMAX Program Coordinator / Pilot for the RE/MAX Carolinas Balloon Program.

The lesson covered the story of how the first manned flight took place on Nov. 21, 1783, in addition to the science, history and operation of a hot air balloon, including behavior of the molecules of air, density, and air pressure. They then built a hot air balloon right in the classroom using a trash bag and a heat gun. The trash bag was inflated using the heat gun and the bag floated up and down. They also had samples of the balloon fabric to pass around for the kids to touch.

"Programs and opportunities like these allow students to make connections between what they are learning in the science classroom to real-world applications. We are very proud of our students’ performance on science End-of-grade tests and MSL assessments and know that hand’s-on application helps make the information stick with our students," Jennifer Love, teacher at MVI.





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