Every year, middle school students are engaged in a balloon launching tradition at their school. Each launch measures how sturdy the balloon is, and if it is air worthy.

Ballloon Launching Tradition

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For three days, Corvallis Middle School seventh grade students designed, cut, and glued  their hot-air balloon creations from tissue paper. Then, they tested their creations by launching them at the school’s football field.

According to teacher Stacy Jessop, the event has been a tradition for 20 years.

“We used to do an entire unit on aviation,” Jessop said. “Now there are so many other things to teach we just have a few days for this. We talk about structure, panels, design and the history of flight. We view the hot-air balloon show that happens each year in Albuquerque, New Mexico.”

The students track how high and how far the balloons travel.  Each one carries a sign that says “If found return to Corvallis Middle School.”

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