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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!
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.
Students learn examples of friction and drag, and suggest ways to reduce the impact of these forces. The equation that governs common frictional forces is introduced, and during a hands-on activity, students experimentally measure a coefficient of friction.
Students study the history of the paper plane.  For this design lesson students create several types of paper planes and determine if there is a difference in mean flight distances.
Learners explore aerodynamics and Bernoulli's principle by devising ways to keep bubbles aloft.
Students explore that prehistoric people had to have a good knowledge of the physical world around them in order to choose the best material for spear production. They also explore that prehistoric people were intelligent beings who experimented with the materials around them in an attempt to raise their level of techonology and make their lives easier and more productive.
Learners explore the concept of flight.  In this flight lesson, students make paper airplanes with different designs.  Learners change the angle of launch and thrust and record the distances and time spent in air for each flight.  Students add weight to the planes to see how it affects the flight.  Learners determine the Reynolds number of their planes.
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.
Students are introduced to basic aerodynamics through a discussion of thrust and drag and a hands-on activity. They examine the forces of thrust, drag, air pressure, aerodynamic shapes and Newton's Third Law Of Motion.
Students study man's first form of flight which truly imitated the free-flight of birds--the glider. They examine such important contributions to the invention of the glider, such as Sir George Cayley, Jean Marie LeBris, Otto Lilienthal and others. They focus on how gliders actually fly
Young scholars apply the knowledge of Bernoulli's Principle and construct simple aerodynamic designs. In this flight physics lesson, students explore the history of man's interest in flying and the forces influencing an object in flight by creating and designing simple aerodynamic structures.
Learners examine how wind tunnels are used for research and development.  In this aerodynamics lesson students are given instructions on how to develop different types of wind tunnel.
In this language skills learning exercise, students read an article regarding Aviation Day. Students respond to 6 matching questions, 29 fill in the blank questions, 30 multiple choice questions, 12 word scramble questions, 30 short answer questions, 1 graphic organizer question, and 1 essay question regarding the content of the article.
Learners examine the history behind the frisbee and how Bernoulli's principle and Newton's law plays a role.  In this flight lesson students complete an experiment on how the rim of a frisbee effects flight. 
Students appropriately the following terms in sentences: drag, thrust, gravity, aerodynamics and lift.
Students explore how to make a kite. They discuss the aerodynamics of kites, and in small groups, conduct Internet research on how to build a kite, and follow the directions to construct a kite using a symmetrical design.
Young scholars launch flying tubes. In this aeronautics instructional activity, students gather the materials and follow the procedures to create a paper tube that generates lift as it travels.
Students examine how engineers utilize the wind.  In this wind lesson students examine the different kinds of winds and measure wind direction. 
Students study paper airplanes. In 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. Students weigh their planes, measure the length of their planes and the wingspan plotting this data on graphs.
Young scholars explore physical education by completing a quiz in class. In this engineering lesson, students identify different ways engineering has made sports safer such as stronger padding and helmets, stronger equipment and smarter techniques. Young scholars research a specific piece of equipment and share their findings with the class before completing a quiz and several worksheets.

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