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.

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  • 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.

Educational Resources

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.

Aeronauts Science Lessons (Elementary)

(Science Lessons) A collection of classroom resources including lessons on cloud elevation, earth spheres, properties of gas, and weather instruments. (STEM 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.

Aeronauts Science Lessons (Middle School)

(Science Lessons) A collection of classroom resources including lessons on air masses, determining density, and layers of the atmosphere. (STEM 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.

Aeronauts Science Lesson Materials (Middle School)

(Science Lessons) A collection of classroom resources including lessons on air masses, determining density, and layers of the atmosphere. (STEM 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 - 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.

Aeronauts Science Lessons (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.

Aeronauts Science Lesson Presentations (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.

Aeronauts Science Lesson Teacher Guides (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.

Aeronauts STEM Design Challenge (High School)

(STEM 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.

Aeronauts STEM Design Challenge Teacher Guides (High School)

(STEM 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.

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