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Up, up, and away!

A demonstration from the National Chemistry Day event held at the University of Minnesota.

You can use a mylar balloon to demonstrate that warm air rises. -Ronnie and Nick (10th grade)

1) Cut neck off of an inflated mylar balloon.
2) Release some of the helium.
3) Close neck with a twist tie.
4) Attach paper clips until the balloon falls.
5) Thread string through a straw.
6) Attach the string to floor and ceiling.
7) Tape the balloon to the straw.
8) Heat the balloon while holding it.
9) When inflated, release.

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