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

Grade Level Grades 3-5
Resource Type Activity, Handout, Lesson Plan, Worksheet
Standards Alignment
Next Generation Science Standards


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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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Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.


14 Reviews
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 03, 2019
This is an engaging and frankly, fun lesson that gets kids excited about STEM.
Tracy Lynn Jack M.Ed
December 02, 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 02, 2019
Very thorough!
December 02, 2019
Very engaging. Opens up for students to utilize the engineering design process in multiple ways.
Geraldine Clark
December 02, 2019

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