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ERIC Number: EJ789944
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-1062-9351
Aeronautics Study Takes Off! Glider Design for Beginners
Lazaros, Edward J.; Carlson, Katie
Tech Directions, v67 n9 p16-19 Apr 2008
Study of aeronautics is an interesting and motivating subject for students and educators alike. The activity described in this article--appropriate for upper elementary or middle school students--provides an excellent introduction to airplane design and the science of aerodynamics. It also gives students good experience applying knowledge from a variety of academic areas. After researching airplane design and aerodynamics, students will use graphic communication skills to draw a glider design. They will then build a glider using wood, lightweight paper or wax paper, and rubber bands. They will use language arts skills to document the design steps and manufacturing process. Finally, under instructor supervision, they will test their gliders, analyzing them for lift, drag, and overall performance. A section on research conducted by the authors on the evolution and current status of airplane flight and design is also included.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A