Overview: Engineering Design Challenge
Using only the materials provided, student teams will design and create a hot air balloon that will lift off of the ground, and they will track its altitude during the flight over time.
Driving Question: How can we design, build and launch a hot air balloon and track its altitude over time?
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The Aeronauts Lesson for Middle School: Hot Air Balloon Engineering Design Challenge
Subject Science — Earth and Space Science, Engineering, Technology, and Application of Science, Science and Engineering Practices
Grade Level Grades 6-8
Resource Type Activity, Lesson Plan
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Can't wait to use this in my science class.
I think this can appeal to all levels of learners, from middle to high school. I love the cryptogram puzzle as it really promotes critical thinking and analysis in a really simple paper and pencil format. Even a student who is not scientifically inclined can be engaged. As a media specialist, I always look to connect to the classics. It would be a great segue to Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne.
I teach mathematics in a STEAM school and these resources will make for an incredible STEAM day activity for our students!