When you think of helium, brightly colored balloons are probably the first things that come to mind. But helium is much more than a party starter. It also has many high-tech applications, like sending rockets to space and making electronic microchips.
With such a wide range of uses, helium is one of the most in-demand gasses in the world. To help meet that demand, ExxonMobil produces 14 million balloons’ worth every day.
Abby Thurston, a helium and natural gas manager for ExxonMobil, gave 8-year-old Emperor a hands-on science lesson at the School of ExxonMobil. Together, they found out how many helium-filled balloons it takes to lift some of Emperor’s favorite toys. See for yourself, below.