Aerodynamics Teacher Resources

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Students research aerodynamic design. In this aerodynamic design instructional activity, students investigate wind resistance on a car. Students explore the reasons necessary for aerodynamic design.
Students discover the basic principles of aerodynamics, including the roles and identity of natural forces involved. They examine how the force of gravity is overcome by the curved shape of an airplane wing and air pressure.
Physical science juniors will enjoy this sensational enrichment on aerodynamics, especially if they are also sports fans! With a focus on physical features and behaviors, collaborative groups make observations on five different golf balls and speculate on how the features affect performance. They choose another piece of sports equipment that they would like to research and suggest improvements for. Three handouts, background information, and a link to a fascinating slide show about engineered equipment for Olympic athletes are all included.
Students build their own kite following certain procedures. In this physics lesson plan, students explain the aerodynamics concepts involved in flying kites. They trace the development of aviation.
Students use the Metric system and engineering software to design a scale model car. In this scale model car making lesson, students design a scale model car using computer software, the Metric system, and properties of aerodynamics. Students then make the car out of wood and test the car in a wind tunnel. Students then write a technical essay about the project.
Students examine the aerodynamics of a wing and how it generates lift.  In this flight lesson plan students complete several experiments including how to build a paper plane and how airfoils affect performance.
Students perform research into the designs of Japanese kites in order to appreciate them for their aerodynamic designs. The appreciation builds student interest in order to produce their own similar designs.
Students demonstrate the effects of aerodynamics. For this aerodynamics lesson students name parts of the helicopter and construct a device that can fly. Students works to  build their own paper helicopter.
Learners investigate the relationship between impulse, momentum, kinetic and potential energy and aerodynamic drag. In this physics lesson plan, students calculate data taken from launching a rocket. They compare the theoretical and actual kinetic energy values.
Seventh graders design, construct, refine, and test cars that they build on the computer screen. They find the density of several objects using the techniques used to find volume. They measure various common objects to become more familiar with their dimensions in metric units.
Students explore aerodynamics. For this aerodynamics lesson, students study the flight patterns of three paper airplanes and discover the underlying principles of aerodynamics. Resources and grade level modifications are present.
Students apply the principles of aerodynamics by constructing styrofoam airplanes. By using simple tools and materials, they improve their spatial visualization abilities while increasing motor skills. After small groups of students have built their airplanes, they hold contest to measure flight distance and stability.
Students examine how aerodynamic forces affect the flight of aircraft, animals and sports balls and projectiles (like a javelin or boomerang). They discover the origins of the boomerang and early usage in hunting.
Students study aerodynamic forces - lift and drag - and see how those forces affect cycling performance. They see how those forces are calculated and how
Students apply their knowledge of friction, drag, mass and gravity as they design, build, and test mini-bobsleds.
The guidelines for holding a paper airplane competition are here for you to use with junior high flight engineers. No educational explanations are included, however, so make sure to teach about forces, flight, and Bernoulli's principle prior to conducting the activity. Three pages are given to each lab group: one with competition rules, another with design diagrams, and a third with a data table and questions to answer. 
In this science activity, students find the words that are related to the vocabulary of air and aerodynamics. The answers are found at the bottom of the page.
The history of aerodynamics is rich with experimentation and international collaboration. Author Joyce Bryant relays this dynamic past and provides math word problems using the formula of lift, the force that makes airplanes fly. She suggests; to fly a kite, release a toy balloon, or place strips of paper in a fan to provide tangible demonstrations of the force of air molecules in understanding lift. Diagrams are not included.
A ten-lesson study of the history of flight awaits you and your charges. Learners get to do all sorts of great activities: they construct hot air baloons and scale models of the Wright Brother's Flyer, develop an understanding of the physics behind flight, and analyze data from a series of experiments using other things that fly. Outstanding!
Fifth graders research aerodynamics using Web sites. Working in groups, they design paper airplanes, test them, and choose a final plane to fly against the other groups. They graph flight results using a spreadsheet program.

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