Students reach new heights with Upward Bound

Team members from Ripon High School use a Coleman stove to fill up their tissue paper balloon with hot air prior to launch during an Upward Bound activity. From left, are Tony Smith, Joe Ott, Emily Moran and Ian Dorsch.

Ripon Upward Bound students were among the many who made hot-air balloons that could be seen soaring over Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus.

Led by Berlin High School science instructor Tim Cox, students crafted the four-to-five-foot-tall balloons from colored tissue paper then launched them using a Coleman stove and a stove pipe to generate the hot air.

“What’s nice about this class is that it is hands-on so it appeals to a variety of kids with different levels of interest in science,” Cox said. “Those with a higher level of interest can do the physics side and determine why things are performing the way they do and those at the lower end like it because they can see the project in action. The hot air balloon is a perfect example of this. We know hot air rises but there is a lot more science involved.”

Read the full story in the July 22, 2010 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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