Aerodynamics Teacher Resources
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With the use of a model rocket kit, aspiring aerospace engineers work cooperatively to construct and launch a rocket. A preparatory reading assignment is included, covering Newton's laws of motion and information about the first commercial spaceships, launched in 2011 and 2012.
8th - 12th Science 25 Views 14 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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 3 Views 12 Downloads
Working with Wind Energy
After reading about how wind turbines work to collect clean energy, groups brainstorm and design their own windmill. Within the provided financial and physical constraints, groups must build a working windmill using only the materials provided.
2nd - 12th Science 13 Views 11 Downloads
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.
5th - 12th Science 6 Views 5 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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.
6 mins 6th - 12th Science 16 Views 13 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Mankind's Fascination With Flight
Young scholars 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.
9th - 10th Language Arts 6 Views 16 Downloads
Spear Point Production
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.
4th - 8th Science 3 Views 5 Downloads
Life on Mars: Science Fact or Science Fiction?
Using NASA's planet fact sheets, collaborative groups discuss what the basic needs are for a human to survive, and how likely he would be to survive on another planet. Assign each group a different planet and have them compare its statistics to those of Earth.
6th - 10th Science 51 Views 94 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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
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 3 Views 1 Download
Students design a skydiver and parachute constraption to demonstrate how drag caused by air resistance slows the descent of skydivers as they travel back to Earth. They experience how gravity pulls the skydiver toward the earth and how drag is used with the parachute.
5th - 7th Technology & Engineering 3 Views 5 Downloads
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 3 Views 5 Downloads
Science: The Bicycle as a System
Students explore how the different parts of a bicycle relate to each other and identify the subsystems. They discover how bicycles work and investigate their history. In groups, students research each of the subsystems and present their findings to the class.
6th - 8th Science 4 Views 14 Downloads