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Under Pressure: Your Blood Pressure

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Under Pressure: Your Blood Pressure

During this lesson, learners will determine their blood pressure and learn about systolic and diastolic pressures. They also investigate how blood pressure works with an activity that uses a balloon and a film canister, and learn about factors that contribute to high blood pressure. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • film canisters
  • balloons
  • pencils
  • paper
  • blood pressure monitor(s)
  • drill
  • drill bit
  • block of wood


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • Circulation
      • Health and Nutrition


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All Rights Reserved, Science Museum of Minnesota, ©2000

Funding Source:

  • Medtronic Foundation


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