May the Force Be with You: Weight

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Too much material will weigh you down. The sixth segment in a series of 22 highlights how weight affects a plane. Pupils learn that engineers take the properties of materials, including weight, when designing something. 

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Research materials people use to construct planes
  • Bring in several types of materials with the same dimensions and compare the weights
Classroom Considerations
  • Assumes the class knows the four forces acting upon an airplane
  • Provides assessment questions to use before, during, and after the lesson
  • Includes suggestions for extending the lesson
  • None
Common Core