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Young scholars study paper airplanes. For this lesson 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. Young scholars weigh their planes, measure the length of their planes and the wingspan plotting this data on graphs.
9th - 12th Science 3 Views 14 Downloads
Science: What A Drag
Students calculate frictional force after examining the different types of friction and drag. Using a box, basket, and weights, they collect friction data and measure a coefficient of static friction. In teams, they answer questions based on the lesson.
6th - 8th Math 3 Views 0 Downloads
Design for Flight
Students research aerodynamics using Web sites provided by the teacher. 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.
5th - Higher Ed Science 3 Views 29 Downloads
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.
6th - 8th Math 3 Views 4 Downloads
Aerodynamics in Automobile Racing
Students investigate and demonstrate how aerodynamic downforce is more important than drag reduction in automobile racing. They research to find data about the quality of speed and performance in auto racing since aerodynamic downforce has been a focus.
5th - 7th Science 3 Views 2 Downloads
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.
11th - 12th Science 4 Views 12 Downloads
Demonstrate lift to the class that is studying aerodynamics. In the stream of air produced by a blow dryer, little physicists place a wad of tissue paper and a spherical figure to compare. Or, if you have a vacuum cleaner and beach ball, you can demonstrate on a larger scale.
6th - 10th Science 3 Views 1 Download
Science of the Winter Olympic Games: Engineering Faster and Safer Bobsleds
While your physical science class is studying mechanics, this would be a fabulous enrichment video for covering aerodynamics or friction. Mechanical engineers dedicate their time to developing Olympic-quality bobsleds to be as fast, but also as safe, as possible for this dangerous sport.
6 mins 6th - 12th Technology & Engineering 4 Views 4 Downloads
Soccer Fever: Learning About the World Cup in Brazil
What an incredible collection of ideas for teaching about the 2014 World Cup in Brazil! This resource is packed with news articles and instructional activities on a wide variety of topics, from the global popularity of soccer and the economic and geographic makeup of Brazil, to researching the aerodynamic properties of the World Cup soccer ball or how the country is handling preparations for this major event.
6th - 12th Science 25 Views 20 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Wright Again: 100 Years of Flight
Aspiring aeronautical engineers demonstrate different forces as they construct and test paper airplanes. This lesson plan links you to a website that models the most effective paper airplane design, an animation describing the forces affecting flight, and an interactive that allows learners to design and test the lift of a wing.
5th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 5 Views 28 Downloads
The Physics of Flight
Three activities allow young flight engineers to understand the 4 principles of flight (weight, lift, thrust, and drag), to construct a glider, and to create a propeller. Multicultural history and literature are integrated by reading Laurence Yep's Newbery-winning novel Dragonwings.
4th - 6th Language Arts 16 Views 68 Downloads