The Aeronauts Lesson for High School: Hot Air Balloon Engineering Design Challenge
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# The Aeronauts Lesson for High School: Hot Air Balloon Engineering Design Challenge

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Next Generation Science Standards

Check out The Aeronauts lesson for high school for a fun way to engage your students in learning about aeronautics, atmospheric pressure, and engineering.

Learning Targets

Students can:

• Use a digital simulation to collect data.
• Use displacement to find the volume of a fluid.
• Describe the relationship between the mass of an object and the mass of the fluid displaced by that object.
• Communicate the conditions necessary for an object to float.
• Communicate the conditions necessary for an object to sink.
• Design and construct a balloon for flight based on the design criteria.
• Research and report on the history of aeronautics (ENRICH Option 1).
• Interpret atmospheric data to determine how atmospheric pressure, temperature, wind speed and relative humidity change with altitude in the troposphere (ENRICH Option 2).

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## Resources

Files

High School Engineering Design Challenge Copyedited.pdf

Lesson Plan
February 13, 2020
211.93 KB

Balloon Data Graphing and Presentation Rubric (EXTEND OPTION 2).docx

Presentation
February 13, 2020
16.81 KB

Power Point - Balloon Data.pptx

Presentation
February 10, 2020
933.3 KB

Online Resources to Support Balloon Engineering Design Challenge3 copyedited.pdf

Handout, Worksheet
February 13, 2020
83.08 KB

Online Resources to Support Ballooning Research Reports3 copyedited.pdf

Activity
February 13, 2020
83.62 KB

Data Recording Sheet - Forces and Fluids - Why do things float5 copyedited.pdf

Handout, Worksheet
February 13, 2020
91.31 KB

Power Point - Forces and Fluids Simulation - Why do things float (1).pptx

Presentation
February 10, 2020
2.43 MB

Balloon Challenge Power Point[1].pptx

Presentation
February 10, 2020
911.63 KB

Pre assessment - Forces and Fluids - Why do things float.docx

Assessment
February 13, 2020
69.26 KB
Videos
The Aeronauts (2019) - Movie Trailer
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"The Aeronauts" Higher than anyone has gone before
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### Standards

Analyze data to support the claim that Newton’s second law of motion describes the mathematical relationship among the net force on a macroscopic object, its mass, and its acceleration.
Apply scientific and engineering ideas to design, evaluate, and refine a device that minimizes the force on a macroscopic object during a collision.
Analyze data to support the claim that Newton's second law of motion describes the mathematical relationship among the net force on a macroscopic object, its mass, and its acceleration.
Use a computer simulation to model the impact of proposed solutions to a complex real-world problem with numerous criteria and constraints on interactions within and between systems relevant to the problem.
Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.
Use a computer simulation to model the impact of proposed solutions to a complex real-world problem with numerous criteria and constraints on interactions within and between systems relevant to the problem.
Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.
Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
Design a solution to a complex real-world problem by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable problems that can be solved through engineering.
Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
Design a solution to a complex real-world problem by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable problems that can be solved through engineering.
Use mathematical representations to support the claim that the total momentum of a system of objects is conserved when there is no net force on the system.
Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that an electric current can produce a magnetic field and that a changing magnetic field can produce an electric current.
Use mathematical representations of Newton's Law of Gravitation and Coulomb's Law to describe and predict the gravitational and electrostatic forces between objects.

## Reviews

4.7
13 Reviews
<a href="http://www.gghschool.com/"> CBSE School in Gurugram </a>
Very thoughtful and aligned lesson. It has an engaging story which is sure to connect with students!
kndorman
December 05, 2019
I would love to see more classroom-ready resources aligned with physics and physical science content. This is a great foundation!
Mary Brown 4
December 02, 2019
Looking forward to using this resource in my physics class!
teresa.celusta_3321936
December 02, 2019
Great lesson that can be used across several courses, including math and language arts for all of the writing and research elements that it contains.
R Schildt
December 01, 2019