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Students Create Balloons

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You can learn math and science out of a textbook or you can let your imagination take flight.

Kelli Volk talked to one sixth grade class who learned volumes outside of the classroom.

This is what the sixth grade class at Berthold High School would considers to be the flight zone.

These hot air balloons constructed out of glue, tissue paper and teamwork, are the culmination of what sixth grade teacher Steve McCormack and his class have been studying.

(Steven McCormack, Berthold 6th Grade Teacher)"We've done a project in science and math really with density and buoyancy and when we started the project most of the kids thought a large balloon wouldn't fly very well."

However, after reconsideration the students found the larger balloons had an advantage over the smaller ones.

(Megan Schepp, Berthold 6th Grader)"A bigger balloon, even though you're adding more glue and tissue paper the volume inside of it--it gets bigger faster."

How much work did you put into your balloon?

(Jericho Limke, Berthold 6th Grader)"Quite a bit of work. It took a couple of days. Ours was the biggest one so it took a long time."

Still, in order for the balloons to lift off a few things are needed: one barrel, several heaters, and a little help from the flight attendants.

(Steven McCormack, Berthold 6th Grade Teacher)"The students never really know what their balloons will look like until we fill them with air.

But after take off is when the true test started.

Each group took a turn sending their balloon into the air--hoping for a successful flight.

But, like all things ejected into the air, what goes up must come down.

However, the flight attendants give the overall mission a thumbs up.

(Sara Birdsall, Berthold 6th Grader)"It was just really fun and ours was pretty big, but it was cool."

In Berthold, Kelli Volk, KX News.

McCormack says he has been doing this project with his classes for years.

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