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TMCC Holds 'Lighter Than Air' Competition

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The Red Mountain Building at TMCC became a race track of sorts Tuesday for the college's fourth annual Lighter Than Air Competition.

"Different groups of students will get together and build a vehicle and make a balloon and it has to be usually about 600 to 700 grams, then we just put them up and fly them around the Red Mountain Building," says student Christopher Butcher.

Balloons built by teams of three to six students raced around the building using batteries, propellers and balloons from the Nevada Space Grant Consortium.

The students who took part say it was a challenge that meant a lot of late nights but it was definitely worth it.

And teachers say it's this kind of experience that is so critical to future success.

"At TMCC we really value hands-on learning, team-based learning. We really don't think you will get enough by just reading about something in a book, especially in our science and engineering classes. It's one thing to hear me talk about torque or center of mass or things like that, it's a whole different experience to actually use that and build something," says teacher Dan Loranz.

Every member of the winning team gets a scholarship to pay for their entire year of schooling next year.

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