Science at 100,000 Feet

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Take your class up, up, and away with an engaging weather balloon simulation! Individuals get hands-on experience in creating and launching their own airborne labs to study how temperature and pressure affect substances at 100,000 feet. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Ensure learners grasp the concepts of temperature and pressure versus altitude
  • Interactive is presented in segments, so a discussion of the embedded graphs would be ideal for classes with a low to intermediate level of understanding
  • Lab-based classes could incorporate temperature and pressure demonstrations using items such as a Bell Jar or liquid nitrogen to illustrate how common items (Jell-O and marshmallows are used in the interactive) are affected by changes in these conditions 
Classroom Considerations
  • The accompanying worksheet must be printed
  • Schedule time in your school's computer lab or library to complete the interactive and generate the worksheet
  • Web version is keyboard friendly, so touch screens are not necessary
  • Also has options for visually impaired learners
  • Activity allows pupils to be creative while following guidelines to reach a successful launch
  • Weather balloons can be reworked for different results or if class members have difficulties in creating their balloons
  • Interactive smoothly incorporates data analysis within the lesson
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