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Students launch balloons as part of science program

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Students at Wilson Middle School in Yakima launched handmade hot air balloons Friday.

The project is part of Wilson's "Highly Capable" program. It's a science class offered to certain students, to give them the opportunity to learn more advanced subjects.

Friday's launching was part of their aeronautics lesson.

Students say they love the program, and being able to do these things outside the classroom.

"For this we learned team work because we all had to work with the fragile tissue paper, making gores, and getting them glued together to make the hot air balloon," said Noah Kessler.

"I like it a lot, we always have a lot of fun and we learn a lot of cool, new things," said Megan Glenski.

"Highly Capable" is a federally funded program for advanced placement students. Similar programs are offered throughout the district.