HeatWave & Bellestar

  School Programs and Presentations

To assist our schools and educators in providing a greater understanding of ballooning and LTA flight we have developed a Hot Air Balloon program for elementary and middle schools. This program has been created to provide several different levels of interaction for students.  

In addition, we have prepared a set of teacher resources that are free to all teachers.  This file contains a broad set of information and activities for all grade levels.  The resource file can be found here.  A video of a flight can be seen here.

Program Description List Price
Assembly This presentation provides an assembly type presentation using a multimedia and lecture format.  The presentation lasts about 45 minutes which includes presentation by the pilot and ground crew on the history of ballooning, the parts of a hot air balloon, overview of what makes a hot air balloon fly, types of hot air balloons as well as a  video covering the launch, flight and landing aspects of a typical flight. as well as time for Q&A by the students.  This presentation is ideal for shorter timeframes and/or conditions where weather or facilities precludes the inflation of the envelope.  A set of teacher resources is provided to assist in engaging the students before that on campus visit. $150.
Basic

The Basic program provides the school an on site visit and inflation of a hot air balloon at a mutually agreeable location on the school playground or near by facility.  Included in this program are the costs for the balloon, pilot and crew.  Weather permitting we can either tether the balloon at the school to lift teachers, staff and administrators to heights of approximately 60 to 80 feet in the air.  STUDENT RIDES ARE NOT PERMITTED DUE TO STATE OF UTAH AND INSURANCE LIMITATIONS.

This program is suitable when there are other activities planned by the school where having a hot air balloon on site will generate additional emphasis and excitement for the students.
$300.
Enhanced

The enhanced program adds to the basic program a presentation by the pilot and ground crew on the history of ballooning, the parts of a hot air balloon, overview of what makes a hot air balloon fly, types of hot air balloons as well as a short video covering the launch, flight and landing aspects of a typical flight. A sample of the presentation can be found at Hot Air Ballooning for Elementary Schools

Additional presentations can be made to upper level elementary schools and middle schools that will add emphasis to the science and math courses.
$400.

Expectations from the school and/or school district:

  • School and school district provides all permission and approvals necessary to inflate hot air balloon on premises.

  • School and school district provides four adults to supervise students in the proximity of the hot air balloon.

  • School provides audio visual equipment for the Enhanced program to support the use of a BelleStar provided notebook computer to project PowerPoint and video presentations.

  • We are always willing to work with schools and school districts on discounting for multiple presentations, or in the cases of limited funds. 

Contact Kent Barnes at (801) 557-5300 or KJBarnes@gmail.com for scheduling or additional details.