Balloon museum hosts pilot program for kids

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A local museum has an educational program for elementary students that gives them the opportunity to meet scientists and learn how older students became pilots.

The Balloon Museum is offering a weekly live science demonstration called “Science in the Sky.”

Elementary school children are able to meet working scientists who introduce their fields, giving the students a look into different aspects of science.

Approximately 1,400 students experience “Science in the Sky” each year.

This year, “Science in the Sky” has partnered with and presented scientists from National Weather Service, Sandia National Labs, University of New Mexico, Enchantment Butterflies, Children’s Choice Science Education Camps and the Two Eagles Balloon Crew.

An interesting topic for this series is the ABQ’s Youngest Balloon Pilots.

High school students Cameron Wall and Savannah Bradley, along with a middle school student, Bobby Bradley, will give a presentation to the elementary school students about how they have become the youngest balloon pilots.

The three young pilots will present an hour-long presentation at the Balloon Museum on the skills needed to become a pilot to 100 third graders on Thursday, March 12, at 10 a.m..

This event is open to the public and free with the purchase of admission.

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