Balloon Races

### Step 1. Questions

Welcome to the e-Journal Balloon Races! Six balloons are racing. No, these are not the balloons you find at birthday parties. These are giant, hot-air balloons. A balloon filled with hot air will rise into the sky because hot air is less dense than cold air.

For this project, you will choose six balloons for the race. Choose balloons you see on the Internet, or design your own hot air balloon. If you like, you may choose famous balloons from the past.

In your report, solve the following math problems:
• What if each balloon carried 3 people? How many people would be racing?

• What if each balloon carried 4 people? How many people would be racing?

• What if each balloon carried 12 mice? How many mice would be racing?
Up, up, and away!

### Step 2. Research

Begin by researching balloons on the Web sites listed in Step 2. Take notes about them on this page, too! Then follow Steps 3 and 4 to write your report.

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Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Every year, the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico hosts a festival of hot-air balloons. Read about the festival at this Web site. Click “Gallery” to see photos of balloons.

 Take Notes:

History of Ballooning
Click the timeline to learn about hot-air balloons through history. Then take a look at "Sizzling Shapes." You will see some fun balloons in wacky shapes.

 Take Notes:

eBalloon.org
If you have a question about hot-air balloons, this site should have the answer! Click any of the links on the left side of the screen. You can learn how balloons work, or see pictures of balloons.

 Take Notes:

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