Balloon or Bust: Lessons About Climate Change

The following links are from the Balloon or Bust curriculum presented at the 2015 International Teacher Scientist Partnership conference by David Gamliel.


This hands-on session is designed to expose educators to a brief lesson plan for teaching about global warming, greenhouse gas and alternative energy. Participants will learn about the origins and impacts of greenhouse gas and about some of the available technologies to reduce emissions. The lesson will feature a demo which will help students visualize the scale of climate change using dry ice. Key scientific concepts include: ideal gas law, heat capacity and chemical phase and phase changes. This plan also contains the CO two School demonstration, and a mathematical worksheet.


1. Balloon-or-Bust Lesson plan

2. Sample PowerPoint Presentation

3. Student Worksheet