Up, up and away ...

It was with a whoosh of flame into a balloon above that pupils at a rural school were able to view the frosty Southland landscape below them.

Rimu Full Primary School pupils, including Jaye Ward (10, above), were treated to a hot air balloon experience early yesterday morning, and pilot Andrew Parker taught them about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics).

Mr Parker’s project, Flying High, was aimed at promoting the importance of education, innovation and sustainability to years 5-10 students at low decile and rural schools around New Zealand.

PHOTOS: LAURA SMITH
PHOTOS: LAURA SMITH
He hoped to use his hot air balloon and educational activities as an interactive way for children to create a personal connection between careers and STEAM learning.

The four-month school roadshow was headed to about 30 schools and more than 6000 students, from Kaitaia to Invercargill.

Yesterday’s event was Mr Parker’s first at a South Island school.

The children were excited, and some nervous, about the experience but judging by Jaye’s smile, it was a good one.

He enjoyed it a lot and said he was definitely keen to try it again.

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