Lesson Plan

Pilot a Balloon

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Balloons will go where you want them to. Young pilots first add paper clips to a balloon to make it neutrally buoyant. They then use cardboard to steer the balloon in different directions, taking air pressure into account.

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Instructional Ideas
  • If possible, have a pilot of a real hot air balloon give a presentation
Classroom Considerations
  • Activity requires a variety of materials
  • Pupils should have familiarity with gravity and lift
Pros
  • Describes some engineering and science connections
  • Gives thorough step-by-step instructions
Cons
  • None