Under Pressure: Your Blood Pressure

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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 Archive.org.]

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


This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All rights reserved, Science Museum of Minnesota, 2000

Funding Source:

  • Medtronic Foundation