Science demo to spark interest in ballooning


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Having a strong tie to ballooning in New Mexico, it’s only fitting that local kids would take an interest in what makes a balloon go. Not to mention there’s a fun way it’s going to be taught to them.

“Children have natural curiosity about how things work and there’s a part of magic in science,” says Laurie Magovern, curator of education at the Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum. “But there’s a real learning opportunity that it’s not magic. It’s science and there’s amazing things happening in their world around themselves.”

By using regular household products, a whole new approach to education is being taken on at the balloon museum with Science in the Sky. Experiments using things like dish soap, water and dry ice are not only designed to captivate the young audiences, but encourage questions as to why the reactions are happening. Each week, Science in the Sky has a different topic to cover, but all have the underlying goal to introduce young minds to the world of flight through ballooning.

“We talk about radius and diameter with our dome shapes here and we get about 200 school children coming here to our Science in the Sky program,” adds Magovern. “And so we appreciate that we get to talk about lots of subjects at the balloon museum. Art and history and science and we look forward to sharing lots of science with families and school children.”

For more information about Science in the Sky, visit the museum website.

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