The Aeronauts Lesson for Upper Elementary: Hot Air Balloon Engineering Design Challenge

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Check out The Aeronauts lesson for upper elementary for a fun way to engage your students in learning.

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 ascend to a designated height. 

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. 
  • 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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December 2019
The series of lessons can be used so many ways focusing on the science and/or the engineering. The variety of media and resources is relevant. The teacher hints allow access to background information and is easy to understand too.
December 2019
This is an engaging and frankly, fun lesson that gets kids excited about STEM.
December 2019
OHHH MYYY GOSH! What is not great in this lesson! Absolutely easy to follow and tons of materials listed for the designing your own air balloon! Thank You!
December 2019
Very thorough!
December 2019
Very engaging. Opens up for students to utilize the engineering design process in multiple ways.
December 2019
Lots of fun ideas for elementary. Videos and games a nice addition.
November 2019
Great lesson I love the escape room portion. My students love these type of challenges.
November 2019
I'm really impressed by this lesson plan. It's an extremely engaging activity and the videos really help students with disabilities focus and visualize, while being engaging for all students. With any lesson, there are usually a lot of little things that you don't realize you need to prepare like anchor charts and guiding questions you want on the board; this lesson plan already includes that! Can't wait to use it.
November 2019
These outstanding lesson plans will help any teacher lead students through the engineering design process as they discover how hot air balloons function. The videos are sure to capture student interest and create excitement as students collaborate to design and produce a functional hot air balloon.
November 2019
This lesson looks like the perfect addition to my unit on weather and climate. I can't wait to get started.
November 2019
The combination of all the videos are very effective. They draw the students' attention and give them a solid background on which to work on the challenge.
November 2019
The Escape Room portion is an awesome addition to the lesson plan. My students love to do Escape Room challenges.
November 2019
I really like the puzzles you can use outside of the science lesson.
November 2019
I especially like the design portfolio. What a great way to guide elementary students through the engineering design process and get them in the habit of journaling!