Aerodynamics Teacher Resources
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Science: Flight Aerodynamics
Young scholars 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.
6th - 8th Science
Students study paper airplanes. In this instructional activity on aerodynamics, students print out the folding directions for making paper airplanes and after making the planes test their paper airplanes to see how well each flies. Students weigh their planes, measure the length of their planes and the wingspan plotting this data on graphs.
9th - 12th Science
Graphing the Four Forces
Using the Cartesian coordinate system, future flight experts plot points to determine whether or not an airplane will fly. With the four forces of weight, lift, drag, and thrust represented in different quadrants, your physics learners can discover the proper combination.
9th - 12th Science
Scott Eberhardt: Wind Tunnel Testing
Physics learners read a case study about Scott Eberhardt, a scientist who is testing small aircraft in a wind tunnel, but is running into difficulties. They stop at various points to discuss possible solutions to the measurement mystery. What force is causing the problem?
6th - 12th Science
Design a Parachute
Students engage in a discussion about what a parachute is and how it works. They create a parachute using different materials that they think will work best. The students test their designs, which will be followed by a class discussion (and possible journal writing) to highlight which paper material worked best.
6th - 8th Math
TE Activity: Heavy Helicopters
Students study the concepts of weight and drag while making paper helicopters. They measure how adding more weight to the helicopter changes the time for the helicopter to fall to the ground. They apply what they examine to the work of engineers as they collect data for re-designing helicopters.
5th - 7th Math
Wings of Imagination
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.
5th - 8th Science
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.
9th - 12th Technology & Engineering
The International Space Station
In this International Space Station worksheet, students are given the altitude changes in the space station on a graph from 2000-2004. Students answer 5 questions about the trends in the graph, the changes in altitude, the reason for the changes in altitude and the number of re-boosts in the graph.
8th - 10th Math