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Unit Overview (10 Lessons)
The StratoStar Launcher Unit gives Science & STEM teachers everything they need to prepare students for their first high-altitude balloon mission to the edge of space and back. Real-world project-based experiments in the classroom are used to develop collaborative problem-solving skills and a framework for asking and answering scientific questions.
Unit Concepts & Science Practices
+ Introduction to high-altitude weather balloons
+ Engineering design process: build and test model
+ Application of Scientific Method
+ Generate original scientific questions and develop working experiments
Sample Lesson 4 Description:
How can scientists identify patterns in weather data?
In this lesson students experience the thrill of flying to the edge of space on a high-altitude balloon using interactive 360-degree video (viewed on any phone / tablet / browser). Students observe and explore while ascending through the atmosphere and then analyze the mission sensor data, identifying and modeling patterns in altitude, wind speed, temperature, pressure and humidity.
NGSS Focus Standards
MS-ESS2-5. Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses result in changes in weather conditions.
MS-ESS2-6. Develop and use a model to describe how unequal heating and rotation of the Earth cause patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates.