Educator Resources for Hot Air Balloon

In the Hot Air Balloon game, students apply their knowledge of buoyancy and gravity to keep a hot air balloon flying for as long as possible. The game includes different modes, including an introduction and tutorial that reviews particles, forces, and density. After playing a standard mode, more advanced games challenge students' fueling and navigating skills. There's a meditation mode for players who just want to fly without worrying. Through play, students see the effects of wind, temperature, and weight on buoyancy. The game supports understanding of the relationship between force and gravity, temperature and volume, and between volume and density. As a result of playing, students will learn that buoyancy is the force created by the denser air pushing the less dense balloon upward, and that when the buoyant force is greater than gravity, upward acceleration is created.
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