The Aeronauts

A balloon pilot and a scientist find themselves in a fight for survival while attempting to make discoveries in a gas balloon in the 1860s.

Resource Info

  • Clips
    3
  • Film Length
    1hr 40min
  • Level
    Middle School, High School
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Synopsis

In 1862, daredevil balloon pilot Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) teams up with pioneering meteorologist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) to advance human knowledge of the weather and fly higher than anyone in history. While breaking records and furthering scientific discovery, their voyage to the very edge of existence helps the unlikely pair find their place in the world they have left far below them. But they face physical and emotional challenges in the thin air, as the ascent becomes a fight for survival.

Lesson Plans

The Aeronauts - Discussion Guide

This discussion guide is a learning tool for teachers, parents and students to more deeply explore a variety of topics in the film The Aeronauts. This resource can help engage students on a variety of science concepts and design and critical thinking skills.

The Aeronauts Discussion Guide
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The Aeronauts Discussion Guide (Black and White)
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The Aeronauts - STEM Design Challenge

Using only the materials provided, student teams will design and create a hot air balloon that will lift off of the ground and ascend to a designated height.

The Aeronauts STEM Design Challenge (Elementary)
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The Aeronauts STEM Design Challenge (Middle School)
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The Aeronauts STEM Design Challenge (High School)
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The Aeronauts - Science Lessons

(Elementary) A collection of classroom resources including lessons on cloud elevation, earth spheres, properties of gas, and weather instruments. (Middle school) A collection of classroom resources including lessons on air masses, determining density, and layers of the atmosphere. (High School) A collection of classroom resources including lessons on determining density, density floating and sinking, relationship between mass and density, and the relationship between volume and density.

The Aeronauts Science Lessons (Elementary)
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The Aeronauts Science Lessons (Middle School)
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The Aeronauts Science Lessons (High School)
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The Aeronauts - Social Studies Lessons (High School)

This lesson examines the central role women played in the history of aeronautics, the many barriers they faced, and the scientific advances they made despite the obstacles.

The Aeronauts Social Studies Lessons (High School)
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