The Great Balloon Race

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In this online Flash game, learners take to the skies in a hot air balloon and are challenged to beat other balloonists' times to the finish line without crashing. Learners use their knowledge of air temperature and updrafts and downdrafts caused by different geographic features to pilot their balloon in this sky-high competition. These terms are defined in the help tab and can be accessed at any time during the game. There are also three levels of play (easy, medium, hard).

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Game, Simulation


Materials List (per student)

  • computer with internet access and Adobe Flash Player


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
      • Atmosphere
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Transportation Engineering
  • Physical Sciences
    • Heat and Thermodynamics
      • Heat and Temperature
    • Energy
      • Work and Machines
    • Motion and Forces
      • Gravity
      • Momentum and Velocity
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Volume and Density

Informal Categories

  • Games
  • Transportation


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • hear
  • use keyboard
  • use mouse

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • DragonflyTV


  • All rights reserved, Twin Cities Public Television, Inc., 2006

Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation