Pneumatic Tubes: Transportation of the Past... And Future?

Is the future of transportation taken from an idea in the past? Explore the invention and development of pneumatic tubes with a video that details why pneumatic tubes were popular and why they fell out of mainstream use. The video also connects ideas for future travel by train using some ideas from the same technology.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a small scale pneumatic tube system in the classroom
  • Research magnetic levitating trains to see if the concept has progressed past the idea phase
Classroom Considerations

  • Avoid showing the comments during class as they are highly inappropriate

  • Includes a list of sources for extension ideas
  • Provides closed captioning for easier note taking

  • None