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.
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.”