Andersen students celebrate science

by Department of Defense Education Activity

As a part of Science Technology Engineering and Math Month at Andersen Middle School, teachers hosted an advisory STEM class challenge to build a tissue paper hot air balloon that could fit into a 2 by 2 by 2 foot box.

All the students came together to pilot their balloons in a competition with Parent Teacher Organization hosted ice cream party as the grand prize. The balloons were energized by an electric heat gun. Scores were determined by the height attained and length of flight. Some of the balloons went over 25 feet high and stayed afloat for nearly a minute.

Students had to apply deeper thinking in physics and a range of complementary technical and creative engineering skills to construct their balloons and compete effectively. STEM events like these are important in education because they promote college and career readiness among the next generation of scientists, mathematicians, engineers, artists, and leaders.

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