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U.S Army to lead balloon science fair

September 18th, 2017

The U.S Army Corps of engineers are to host an educational treat for children at this year’s Touchstone Energy Balloonfest.

As part of the opening day activities and entertainment, the ‘Hot Air Balloon flights in hot air balloon balloon rides hot air balloon hands-on science fair’ aims to promote, demystify and educate youngsters about the scientific nature of balloon flight.

It will encompass an array of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) related tasks. For example, students will be asked to design, create, and test-launch their own balloon. They will also be asked to undertake comparative analysis and discover the relationship between balloon size and flight height.

Held annually, the Balloonfest event will take place at Lake Shelbyville Visitor Centre, Illinois, on the weekend of the 6th-8th October. The Fair is free to attend and an adult must accompany children under 12.

Prizes for the most imaginative and creative hot air balloon design, as well as for the highest flight, will be awarded at the end of the session at 7pm and all attendees will be able to enter the raffle.

The lucky winners will receive either a balloon flight on the Saturday or Sunday morning or a hamper full of artistic materials and science-related goodies.

Other highlights to feature at the gathering, which coincides with the Columbus Day weekend, include a Balloon Glow and Cookout by the local Fire Department, tethered balloon rides, flights at dawn and dusk and live entertainment from the Forest Tucker band.

The best viewing points will be Shelby County Airport and the Dam West Recreational Area.