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Welcome to the Mississippi River Room of Balloon Quest!

The room opens to a visual of the Mississippi River watershed. Learn about watershed management and play the game “plinko” to reinforce the data. The singing fish also have a conservation message.

Crawl through the doors into the cellar — this is essential if you are to escape the (simulated) tornado! Posters inform visitors of needed emergency items and explain the mechanics of a tornado, including high and low air pressure and the interaction of air masses.

The next two rooms will contain info about climate vs. weather, the water cycle, and how to interpret weather data.  Participants will answer questions to access a lockbox and receive instructions for retrieving virtual reality viewers to experience a tornado in VR. 

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