FARMINGTON – Anyone driving by Mt. Blue Middle School recently would be forgiven if they thought they were seeing a UFO hovering over the fields. In reality, MBMS science teacher Greg Veayo’s class was outside conducting an experiment.
“We are studying light and how it reflects and absorbs into materials, which leads us to how plants use visible light waves through chlorophyll to make energy in the photosynthesis process,” said Veayo.
Students on the Bigelow community at MBMS filled the 50 foot long bag with air and saw first hand that when visible light was shining on the black balloon, the air inside the balloon expanded. This, in turn, made the density less than the air outside, resulting in the balloon rising.
The students and their teacher have dubbed the experiment, “The Giant Black Hotdog of Science.”