First Grade Students at Poulakidas Elementary School Learn Science Lessons from Balloon Pilot
Contact: Victoria Campbell
First Grade Students at Poulakidas Elementary School
Learn Science Lessons from Balloon Pilot
What: Dozens of first grade students will see a hot air balloon up close when veteran balloon pilot Tim Taylor brings it to their school, inflates it, and demonstrates the science behind ballooning.
When: Wednesday, September 4
Where: Nick Poulakidas Elementary School
9600 Mojave Sky Drive
Details: Balloon pilot Tim Taylor has been flying for 30 years and has been a member of the Reno Dawn Patrol team at the Great Reno Balloon Races for nine years.
At this event, first grade students will gather on the field and learn about ballooning when Taylor’s balloon is brought to their school and inflated on the field. Students will also have an opportunity to help with packing up the balloon for transport.
Editors’ Note: Tim Taylor, school staff, and students will be available for brief interviews following the presentation.
The Great Reno Balloon Race is the world’s largest free hot-air ballooning event. With upwards of 100 balloons and 120,000+ people from all over the world in attendance each year, the event is a permanent fixture in Reno’s September skyline. This year’s Great Reno Balloon Race will take place from September 6-8 at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park.
Here is a photo of the DEE IV balloon—which is decorated with the colors of the American flag— that will be inflated at Poulakidas Elementary School: