Lillie Burney students build and race balloon cars

Lillie Burney students build and race balloon cars

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Students from the Lillie Burney 6th grade S.T.E.A.M. Academy participated in a balloon car race today at the school's Multi Purpose room.

The students constructed the cars using simple materials including a balloon that would ultimately power the vehicle to a certain distance.

The plans were drawn out on paper, then using the materials provided the students constructed the cars and tested them out.

They raced against other students in their classroom to find an eventual winner.

"So today was their trial race and they documented any things that they needed to correct and then next week they'll have their final product to where it has to go a specific distance," said Andrea Short, Principal at S.T.E.A.M Academy. "So we're incorporating the math in that as well. And it gives the students an exposure to things that they may not have ever created at home."