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Students make hot-air balloon from tissue paper

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Teacher Jeremy Johnson turned a student's idea into a giant-sized class project and made an attempt at earning a world record in the process. (Source: WTHI/CBS) Teacher Jeremy Johnson turned a student's idea into a giant-sized class project and made an attempt at earning a world record in the process. (Source: WTHI/CBS)

TERRE HAUTE, IN (WTHI/CBS) - The best laid plans of nearly 1,000 sixth-grade science students literally fell apart when a hot-air balloon they made out of tissue paper ripped on takeoff.

The idea started as a simple question from a student, and like a good teacher, Jeremy Johnson blew it up into a much bigger learning experience.

"We start the year making smaller scale balloons, but one student asked me what the biggest one I've ever made was," said Johnson, a science teacher at Woodrow Wilson. "And we got to talking about making one as big as the room, so we did. The balloon was 55-feet long, 55-feet tall and made from 792 pieces of tissue paper of various sizes."

They chose tissue paper because it's light and would make flight easier.

The school gathered around for blast off Thursday morning, but unfortunately, there was a problem.

"We pumped heat into it and it was working fine, but I think our nemesis today was the wind gust," Johnson said. "I think it came in too fast, and it ripped."

Although everything didn't go as planned, Johnson said it was a lot of fun and also helped drive home a They plan to give it another go next school year in hopes of claiming a record for the largest tissue paper hot-air balloon.

"I love hands-on learning and teaching. I love getting the kids involved with something bigger than them," Johnson said.

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