There are thousands of children in the West of England taking part in BAC 100 in schools, in scout and guide groups, at home, at visitor attractions and many other places.
On this page we'll be adding pictures and news of the things that have taken place so far. On the right hand column we've put links to some of the schools and other groups who have given us lots of material to add to the website.
Science City Bristol 2009
In the spring of 2009, BAC 100 ran some school workshops as part of Science City Bristol. This helped us to decide what type of activities to run in 2010. They were great fun and the children enjoyed taking part.
The photos below were taken in the Year 4 class at New Oak Primary School in Hengrove, Bristol. They show the children making balloon rockets, parachutes, tissue-paper balloons and paper aeroplanes, drawing their ideal aeroplane, and finding out about wings.
This poem was created and performed by the Year 6 pupils at Crossways Primary School in Thornbury:
||Planes, planes glorious planes
Using our minds, using our brains,
Thrust, drag, lift into the air,
Force of gravity making it fair.
Plans, plans cautious plans,
Testing our planes with giant fans,
Wright brothers made the first controlled flight,
But some of our paper planes didn't work right.
Claire and Luke helped us have fun,
Till the end of the day had come,
Making us think out of the box,
Time to take off, so away with the chocks!
This poem was created and performed by the Year 6 pupils at Upper Horfield Primary School in Bristol:
||Yesterday we made airships and planes,
We designed them creatively and gave them names,
We made sketches like Leonardo Da Vinci years ago,
When he imagined flight his ideas flowed.
We watched films of failed flight,
Which was a cheerful and funny sight,
We learnt from their mistakes,
Some went in circles and some fell in lakes.
We made parachutes and they drifted away,
Some went higher, some broke and some strayed,
We made balloon jets working with our friends,
Some flew half way, others to the very end.
We folded paper to make super fast planes,
We had a competition like the Olympic Games,
We were creative whilst having a school full of fun,
We went home and showed our inventions to mum.
BAC 100 Workshop Programme Begins!
On the morning of Wednesday 24 February Hillfields Primary in Fishponds became the first school to start a BAC 100 workshop in 2010 when they began making a large-scale collage with artist Gloria Ojulari Sule. That afternoon pupils at Sea Mills had a science workshop with Adam Nieman and the same group were busy doing creative writing on the afternoon of Friday 26 February with Claire Williamson.
All six of the large-scale BAC 100 collages have now been completed. The images are being transferred to hard-wearing, durable banners so they can be displayed outdoors. Look out for them at Bristol Airport, Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, Bristol city centre and other sites. They will be donated at the end of the year to the Bristol Aero Collection at Kemble for permanent display. The photo below is of pupils at New Oak Primary in Hengrove. You can see the other collages on the pages of Filton Hill Primary, Hillfields Primary, Kings Court Primary and North Somerset Schools by clicking on the links in the right-hand column.
Banners on display
The six BAC 100 large-scale collages were available to view as banners in Bristol city centre in September. They had previously been to the Balloon Fiesta. Two of them have now gone to South Gloucestershire Council and another two to Bristol Airport. All six will be reunited at the Bristol Aero Collection in Kemble at the end of the year.