Aerodynamics Teacher Resources
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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.
Calculating Range for a Constant Velocity
Students read an explanation from the NASA Web-based "textbook", The Beginner's Guide to Aerodynamics, then use the information in combination with data from other Web sites to solve single variable equations for distance (range), time, and velo
Bubble-ology and Bernoulli
Students experiment with the principles in aerodynamics as they are challenged to keep a bubble aloft as long as possible. They apply their observations to the aerodynamics used in airplane technology.
Students investigate Bernoulli's Principle as they examine forces that influence a body in flight. They build simple aerodynamic designs and observe the reaction of these designs in flight..
How Do Things Fall?
Pupils observe falling objects. They discover the rate of falling is based on air resistance and not the weight of the objects. They discuss how engineers use this type of information to design aerodynamic shapes.
Mach Number Problem Set
Students read a textbook about aerodynamics. They find out the definition of Mach number. They complete problems designed to demonstrate their ability to solve Mach number equations.
Students build a simple wind tunnel and test out 2 glider wing shapes at different angles of attack. They record their observations and results just as engineers do. There also is a "virtual wind tunnel" they can try to test aerodynamic stability.
Learners investigate how a spinning paper tube generates lift as it travels forward.
Beginner's Guide to Aerodynamics
Students, after reading an explanation from a NASA Web-based textbook, you demonstrate an understanding of the text by applying it to questions involving the theories of how a wing produces lift.
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.
Wind Tunnel Aerodynamics Problem Set
Students, after reading an explanation from a NASA Web-based textbook, demonstrate an understanding of the text by applying it to the calculation of area, velocity, and pressure in a wind tunnel.
Racing with the Sun: Creating a Solar Car
As the cost of oil continues to rise and the environmental impacts of emissions become more widespread, the demand for alternative energy sources for cars is huge. In an engaging and challenging week-long activity, your upper-elementary or middle schoolers are transformed into mechanical engineers as they design and build solar powered cars. If you live in an area that doesn't get much sun, it may be best to do this activity when you have the best chance of clear skies so the cars can be tested outside. Cover multiple Next Generation Science Standards, as well as Common Core literacy standards in a fun and exciting way.
New! Science of the Winter Olympic Games: Engineering Competition Suits
What a thrilling job for an engineer: designing advanced athletic competition suits! Which materials can most reduce friction and drag, and yet still be flexible enough to move with the athlete's body? With attention focused on Shani Davis, a gold-medal winner for speed skating in previous Olympic Games and hopeful for the Sochi 2014 games, viewers see all of the places that friction needs to be reduced. This would make a terrific enhancement to your physical science or engineering class, and it could inspire your class to pursue a career in engineering for sports.
Wind Tunnel Testing
One of the factors that automotive engineers must consider is wind drag. The less wind drag, the more efficient the car will be. They perform many tests in wind tunnels, then refine their designs and test again. Using simple materials, transform your middle and high schoolers into designers and engineers as they work together to create their own low-drag cars, then test them in a class wind tunnel. To adapt this to the Next Generation Science Standards, have teams compare their results then work together to create the most efficient design possible.
Here is a fabulous collection of lessons for your emerging meteorologists! In them, learners will utilize satellite data to determine distribution of rainfall, research global rainfall patterns, and utilize their knowledge to propose new instruments and satellite missions that can help us understand the changes in the earth's climate. Some fantastic worksheets, weblinks, and other educational resources are embedded in an incredibly detailed and exciting lesson plan.
Soar Into Spring With Kites!
The kite has an amazing history! It has been used for thousands of years, has led to many scientific disoveries, and has made some people very famous. Just ask Ben Franklin! This terrific lesson offers many cross-curricular activities that all have to do with the kite. There are worksheets, and terrific resource links embedded in the plan as well. This activities in this plan are sure to be a hit with your students!
X-Gliders: Exploring Flight Research with Experimental Gliders
Young engineers build a glider, and they experiment with ways to change the flight characteristics of the glider. There are some templates embedded in the plan that learners can use as guides to cut out their gliders. The templates are terrific, and the tips given on how they can adjust the flight patterns are very interesting. Students measure and record the distance of each of their flights, and they work together to find the design that performed the best.
The X-1 Paper Glider Kit
After reading an interesting account of how the X-1 aircraft was designed, built, and utilized, young engineers try their hand at constructing a paper glider version of the airplane. They cut out the plane out of a nicely designed template. They must locate the glider's center of gravity, which will be an important point to find in order to maximize their glider's potential. This fine science lesson plan should be exciting and engaging for your class. Very good!
The Wright Quest
A very impressive lesson plan on the Wright brothers and their place in aviation history. Learners discover many fascinating facts about the Wright brothers and their trials and errors regarding flight. Best of all, they get to build a sled kite. All of the instructions on how to build this simple kite are embedded in the plan, as is a nifty pre-building questionnaire which has them make predictions about how their kite will fly based on what they incorporate into it.
Allowing Students to Explore Simple Physics and Marketing in English Class
Scientific method, linear measurements, friction, inertia. Imagine learning scientific vocabulary in an ELA class. Before researching and developing a presentation about simple machines, class members build a common, but decidedly watered-down, version of these terms and scientific principles. Individuals then select an object from a provided list and investigate how these objects utilize one or more physics concepts. They draw an image of their object, craft a description of how it works, create an ad campaign, and present their findings to the class. A rationale for the approach and complete directions for the project are included in the resource.