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

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Grade Level Grades 6-8
Resource Type Activity, Lesson Plan
Attributes
Standards Alignment
Next Generation Science Standards

About This Lesson

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? 

Learning Targets: 

  • Students will collaborate to achieve a common goal. 
  • Students will design and build a working model of a hot air balloon. 
  • Students will describe the properties of gases and how a hot air balloon works in relation to buoyancy. 
  • Students will learn and implement the Engineering Design Process while creating a model of a hot air balloon. 

Created by the AFT Science Cadre.

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Resources

Files

MS Aeronauts balloon design 6E_Outline[2].pdf

Lesson Plan
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MS Design Challenge Evaluate.pdf

Activity
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MS Design Portfolio for Hot Air Balloon.pdf

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EDP puzzle 4.pdf

Activity
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puzzle 4 phone message for ms.docx

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EDP escape room directions for ms.docx

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EDP puzzle 6 for ms.docx

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EDP puzzle 7 for ms.docx

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puzzle 1 pdf for ms.pdf

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EDP puzzle 5 version 2 for ms.pdf

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puzzle 3 edp for ms.pdf

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EDP puzzle 5 cryptogram for ms.pdf

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EDP puzzle 2 post it for ms.docx

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Rubric for Design Challenge Evaluate.pdf

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MS Rubric for Design Challenge Evaluate.pdf

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Engineering Design Process Poster copyedited.pdf

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Videos
"The Aeronauts" Measuring Atmospheric Pressure
Remote video URL
The Aeronauts - Official Trailer
Remote video URL
2017 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta - Highlights
Remote video URL
Hot Air Balloon - Preparation, Take Off and Flight How Do Hot Air Balloons Work? Balloon Fest
Remote video URL
How Do Hot Air Balloons Work?
Remote video URL
Riding In a Hot Air Balloon Shaped Like a Pig… For SCIENCE
Remote video URL

Standards

Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
4.8
17 Reviews
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Deb Saunders
May 29, 2020
just wow! very well done and amazing info for students
Emily Loughlin
December 02, 2019
Can't wait to use this in my science class.
jamie.werner_2470051
December 02, 2019
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.
golden_2209871
December 02, 2019
I teach mathematics in a STEAM school and these resources will make for an incredible STEAM day activity for our students!
Anne McCluskey
December 02, 2019
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