Aerodynamics Teacher Resources
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The Everyday Science of Sports
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 research aerodynamic design. In this aerodynamic design lesson, 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.
Kite Experiments and Building Information
Students build their own kite following certain procedures. In this physics lesson, students explain the aerodynamics concepts involved in flying kites. They trace the development of aviation.
Aerodynamics And Me
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. In 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.
Learners examine the aerodynamics of a wing and how it generates lift. In this flight lesson students complete several experiments including how to build a paper plane and how airfoils affect performance.
Kites of Japan
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.
Science: Flight Aerodynamics
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.
High schoolers demonstrate the effects of aerodynamics. In this aerodynamics lesson students name parts of the helicopter and construct a device that can fly. High schoolers works to build their own paper helicopter.
Students investigate the relationship between impulse, momentum, kinetic and potential energy and aerodynamic drag. In this physics lesson, students calculate data taken from launching a rocket. They compare the theoretical and actual kinetic energy values.
Design a Bobsled
Learners apply their knowledge of friction, drag, mass and gravity as they design, build, and test mini-bobsleds.
Aerodynamics of a Boomerang
Young scholars 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.
Aerodynamics of Cycling
Students study aerodynamic forces - lift and drag - and see how those forces affect cycling performance. They see how those forces are calculated and how
Wings of Imagination
A ten-instructional activity 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!
Design for Flight
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.
The Science of Lance Armstrong
Live Strong! High schoolers will discuss some of the reasons behind Lance Armstrong's success in cycling and chart those reasons into four categories: Physiology, Psychology, Equipment, Training/Strategy. They will then choose one sport and research three examples of sports science that an athlete might use and summarize their research in a letter as a coach giving advice to an athlete. Very engaging instructional activity that ties science to athletes!
Paper Airplane Competition
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.
Air and Aerodynamics
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.
Mankind's Fascination With Flight
Students read various novels and articles about the contributions of the Wright Brothers. Individually, they are tested on their comprehension of the material and discuss. In groups, they research the role of the people in their life and the mechanics of flight. They determine how work by other people such as Da Vinci and Langley helped make this dream of flying a reality.