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science of flight project

Activity 1:

In this activity, students build a teeter-totter to learn about balanced and unbalanced forces. They add weight to their teeter-totter and explore the causes of motion and stability.

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Activity 2:

In this activity, students explore how planes fly and how forces push and pull an aircraft through the sky. They create a paper airplane and identify the forces at work. Also, students are introduced to Newton’s Laws of Motion.

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Activity 3:

In this activity, students expand their understanding of aircraft to learn about gliders. Students learn about the basic parts of a glider—the fuselage, the wings, and the horizontal stabilizer. Students use this knowledge to sketch glider designs in their Launch Log.

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Project:

In this project, students use the scientific inquiry process to investigate how Newton’s laws apply to flight. Students investigate how the center of gravity affects a glider and analyze the features and benefits of different types of wings and horizontal stabilizers. Students conduct several test flights with their glider and document the effect of modifications including wing type and additional weight.

 

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Problem:

In this problem, students follow the design process to sketch, build, test, and reflect on a glider to deliver aid to a remote area.

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