Blowing in the Wind: virtual solar balloon flights on the forecast winds

Imagine traveling around the world in a craft lifted only by the heat of the sun and carried by the winds. No fossil fuel!

How do solar balloons work? How can you make them?

Will the winds carry you where you want to go? If you hitch a (simulated) ride on today’s winds and the 16 day prediction, can you get from a far-away spot you’d like to visit back to MIT in Cambridge?

Explore, learn, and travel the world through this interactive website!

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    Cambridge Science Festival, the first of its kind in the United States, is a madcap celebration of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). A multifaceted, multicultural event, the Festival makes science accessible, interactive, and fun, highlighting the impact of STEAM in all our lives.

    For the 2021 Festival, we will host a month-long celebration of STEAM in our community with an overarching theme of gratitude and appreciation. During the month of April 2021, we will showcase creative digital and virtual entries from our rich STEAM community.

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