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In this unit, engineering students model and design a craft that utilizes principles of efficient design to effectively achieve levitation via hot air lift (like a hot air balloon). They explore principles of lift, gases, volume, efficiency, and creativity as they attempt to create a model that can stay afloat for over a minute.

The steps of the design process are modeled well in this linked project as can be found here.

In addition to the CTE/STEM focus of the unit/project lessons, educators will find academic lessons in Math, Science and English Language Arts (ELA) that supplement the primary core area of study.

The structure of this unit and the materials contained within it were created by James Stockdale (CTE) Alan Webberley (Math), and Bridget Howitt (ELA) with support from the CTE Online curriculum leadership team and detailed coordination provided by the Course Specialist Mike Morris.


Industries / Pathways
  • Engineering & Architecture Engineering & Architecture
K-12 Subjects
  • English-Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

Hot Air Lift (CTE)

Designing for Lift (CTE)

Building & Initial Testing of Model (CTE)

Revisions, Modifications & Competition (CTE)

Pressure, Density and Gases: Why Do Hot Air Balloons Lift? (Science)

Hot Air Vs. Helium: Hot Air Balloons (Math)

Volume of Cylinders, Cones and Irregular Objects (Math)

The Sky's the Limit (ELA)

Wishful Thinking (ELA)