Thursday, April 21, 2011

Taking Math and Science to New Heights

Fifth grade students took their math and science skills to new heights with a hot air balloon experiment that culminated in launching their own balloons. After the launch, the students created a documentary about the project. Their project was even featured on the district website.  The students learned about the history of hot air balloons and avionics.  They worked together in teams to construct their own balloon. They learned how to take the mathematical measurements required to construct hot air balloons. They also learned the physics of how hot air rises above cold air to allow balloons to fly.   A group of students worked together to make a documentary about their project. Using Movie Maker, the fifth graders wrote a script and incorporated video and photographs taken by parents and staff to create a documentary about their experience. Watch their video and you can see their learning soar!