Hot Air Balloon Fun

The 46th Annual Balloon Festival:

With the Adirondack Balloon Festival right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to highlight the materials that BOCES MultiMedia has on the science and fun behind Hot Air Balloons.

Streaming Materials:

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The REAL Physics of Hot Air Balloons! | It's Okay to Be Smart

video, Intermediate - Senior High, 2016

The science of hot air balloons may surprise you.


Bill Nye the Science Guy: Buoyancy

video, Primary - Junior High, Disney Educational Productions, Inc.

Bill Nye takes to the sky in a hot air balloon and goes scuba diving in the Seattle Aquarium to explain why objects like boats, helium, and balloons are buoyant.


Hot Air Balloons: A Lot of Hot Air | Kratts Creatures

video, Primary - Intermediate

Learn all about the science behind how hot air balloons work as the Kratt brothers soar above the forest! Viewers learn that the fire used to heat up the air in the balloon becomes hotter than the air outside, causing it to rise. It's all smooth sailing until the brothers realize that there's a hole in the balloon letting the hot air out!


This is Daniel Cook riding in a hot air balloon: This is Daniel Cook

video, Preschool/Kindergarten - Primary

Daniel Cook is going on a hot air balloon ride! Daniel learns how to set up the balloon, fill it with hot air and control how high you fly as he assists the hot air balloon operator in controlling the big machine.


Flying Machines

video, Preschool/Kindergarten - Primary

Visiting Earth from the planet Zorlon, Zimmo, with the help of his friend Lonnie the pilot, discover facts and history of airplanes, hot air balloons, and space exploration. Children's imaginations will soar as they zoom through the sky with the Blue Angels, experience weightlessness in outer space, and float over the countryside in a hot air balloon.


How Does a Hot Air Balloon Go Up?: Now You Know

video, Preschool/Kindergarten - Intermediate

Howie and Baboo are up in a hot air balloon, watching flying dragons, unicorns, and a squadron of flying squirrels. Back in reality, they wonder, How does a hot air balloon go up? They visit hot air balloonist Ken at a field, help him inflate his hot air balloon, learn about how hot air rises, and they go up in his balloon!


Hot Air Balloons : Inside Things: Science & Technology

video, Preschool/Kindergarten - Senior High

This video explains the components of hot air balloons and how they work.

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