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Balloon Flight STEM PBL Unit

SKU: W46558
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$575.00 (USD)
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STEM PBL Units enable students to make STEM connections locally and regionally by completing STEM projects and corresponding STEM PBL Activators. The framework of our STEM PBL Units includes a meaningful STEM challenge, authentic inquiry, student choice, applied development, and public engagement. Additionally, all STEM PBL Units contain 3-D printing connections, career connections, and alignment to the national career clusters.

In the Balloon Flight STEM PBL Unit, students are challenged by completing any of the three Activators chosen by them or the teacher. PBL Activators available include A Regal Regatta, where students design and build a balloon that carries a lighting device for a nighttime regatta; Carnival Floats, where students create a simulated balloon ride for a school carnival that carries action figures to the gym ceiling; and Balloon Rides, where students create a model of an amusement park ride that gives people the opportunity to experience a hot-air balloon ride.

The unit comes with materials and equipment needed for a class of 24 students, a teacher’s guide containing activity details and instructions, and a guide with three STEM PBL Activators containing starter ideas, cross-curricular connections, a concept map, and career cluster alignment. A Getting Started with STEM PBL e-learning course comes with the purchase of a unit.

Click here to take a look at how Pitsco’s STEM PBL compares to PBLWorks Gold Standard, HQPBL, and the Legacy Cycle.

Click here to download a blank STEM PBL Planning Form.

Note: E-learning course access will be provided via email upon shipping confirmation.


Type: Multi-Student STEM Units and Courses Grades: 6-8


What You'll Get

  • Balloon Flight STEM PBL Activators guide
  • Hot-Air Balloons Teacher’s Guide
  • Adventures in Lighter-Than-Air Flight
  • Getting Started with STEM PBL e-learning course
  • 30 Zoon Hot-Air Balloons
  • Indoor Balloon Tester
  • Storage bin
  • Labels

Learning Values

  • Aerodynamics
  • Buoyancy
  • Gravity
  • Heat and temperature
  • Social impacts
  • Design processes
  • Problem-solving
  • Engineering design
  • Modeling
  • Prototypes
  • Measurements
  • Scaling
  • Data analysis


  • Length of Unit: 21-34 days
  • Tools and Materials Required: Scissors

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