This is a long-standing John Stanford International School tradition
WATER BALLOON DROP!
that started back when the school was still called Latona School.
Each student must use his or her imagination and recycled materials
from home to create a project that protects a filled water balloon from breaking when it is dropped from the fourth floor balcony.
The purpose of this activity is to build school community and to encourage students to think creatively,
critically and scientifically as they design their project. This is an optional, at-home project and classroom
time is not be available for working on the project.
*Rules for entry
Parents review this checklist with students before construction begins, then again before student brings
project to school.
1. Name and room number on the project.
2. One entry per student.
3. The water balloon sent home with your student must be filled to a minimum diameter of 3 inches
(or circumference of 9 inches).
4. Project size limit – the student must be able to carry the project by themselves to school.
5. All entries must contain only items that can go directly into the recycling bin. No sorting or
6. Please use only recycled materials for the construction of the project. Do not buy anything new.
7. Do not use anything that you would like to have returned.
8. No wings, parachutes, propellers, Styrofoam, food/food products, cloth (socks, stuffed animals, etc.)
or plastics allowed.
9. Students use their imagination and thinking skills to create projects
10. Entries should be brought to school the morning of the Balloon Drop and taken directly to the
playground. Parent volunteers will be collecting projects at the class lines.
11. After attendance, all students will reassemble on the playground. Designated adults will drop the
projects from the fourth floor balcony.
Fourth and Fifth Grade Challenge = Entries must have the balloon partially visible!