Lessons in geography and science come to life when elementary schools receive a visit from the earth balloon.
The PTA of Pinehurst Elementary School in North Carolina sponsored the educational program, a collaboration between the Earth Adventure organization and Earth Balloon, Inc. The event took place in the school gymnasium.
“Earth Adventure is a unique and innovative educational program that features a giant balloon replica of the earth,” said Pinehurst PTA President Marisol Prokopowicz of the 17-foot tall and 22-foot wide structure.
“The unique perspective offered by the balloon allows students to see the earth from the inside, as if they were standing at the core.”
Students were presented material that aligned with the curriculum being taught in the classrooms, “with every subject being covered” including ecosystems, environmental issues, geography, earth science, history and current events.
“The highlight for all the classes was being able to enter the Earth Balloon and learn while seeming to sit on top of Antarctica,” Prokopowicz said.
The layout of the continents and typography of the ocean are created from more than 2,000 high resolution, NASA satellite photos.
Fourth-grade student Chloe Modlin was one of those impressed by the quality of the digital images.
“It was really cool,”?Chloe said. “Going inside the globe, seeing the islands of the earth and talking about them was fun. I?like how they took the pictures from space and then put them together to make the earth. I?hope they come back next year.”?
Each class attended a 30-minute, grade-specific curriculum which was taught by Dave Knutson, founder and inventor of the Earth Balloon.
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