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Museum Workshop plan: "How can we measure the volume of an inflated balloon?"

  • December 2014
  • Education & learning
  • Material for workshops and exhibitions

Aimed at families with children from the age of 8 and / or pupils in the 4-6 th grade. Covers biomedical engineering, th respiratory system, measuring volume.

Developed as part of the ENGINEER project (2011-2014)

The workshop – How can we measure the volume of an inflated balloon? From medical problem to engineering solution – will broaden participants’ awareness of how engineers work. In the workshop we will specifically look at biomedical engineering through a relevant scenario, which provides participants with a challenge to develop and design a biomedical instrument for measuring exhalation volume. The participants will “Ask” and gather information through scientific experiments and then, working in small groups, each group will “Imagine” possible solutions, “Plan”, “Create” and “Improve on” solutions originally suggested. The specific science aspects that are taught in this workshop are the respiratory system and measuring volume.

Versions in other languages and editable version are available here.

Public resource


  • engineering
  • Workshop
  • medicine
  • biomedical
  • engineer



ENGINEER supported the widespread adoption in Europe of innovative methods of science teaching and the introduction of engineering in schools. In November 2014, Engineer won a Scientix Award for the category "STEM teaching materials addressed to teachers".