AeroEducate K-2 Activity: Corn Syrup Races
AeroEducate K-2 Activity: Corn Syrup Races
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Updated05/17/2022

In the Corn Syrup Races activity learners observe how different shapes of clay fall through corn syrup for an introduction to drag. After their initial exploration, they engineer clay shapes to create the most aerodynamic shape for use as a possible nose cone.

Corn Syrup Races: How does shape reduce drag?

Objective: Understand ways to reduce drag by changing the shape of a nose cone.

Scenario and Task: You are a wind tunnel technician. You will conduct a simulation to test different shapes in a tank of corn syrup. Make observations to help you rank the shapes from least drag to most drag. Use what you learn to design the most aerodynamic nose cone from clay.

AeroEducate K-2 Activities are developed for younger learners to investigate aerodynamics topics such as drag, lift, or Bernoulli’s Principle. Designed in a 5-E lesson format, each activity begins with an essential question, incorporates a career component through a real-world scenario, and introduces age-appropriate vocabulary. Background information for the facilitator is included. Posters that illustrate key concepts associated with the lesson can be printed or viewed electronically. Templates are included as needed.

Full access to the activity and supporting resources is provided once free registration to the AeroEducate website is completed. 

 

In the Corn Syrup Races activity learners observe how different shapes of clay fall through corn syrup for an introduction to drag. After their initial exploration, they engineer clay shapes to create the most aerodynamic shape for use as a possible nose cone.

Corn Syrup Races: How does shape reduce drag?

Objective: Understand ways to reduce drag by changing the shape of a nose cone.

Scenario and Task: You are a wind tunnel technician. You will conduct a simulation to test different shapes in a tank of corn syrup. Make observations to help you rank the shapes from least drag to most drag. Use what you learn to design the most aerodynamic nose cone from clay.

AeroEducate K-2 Activities are developed for younger learners to investigate aerodynamics topics such as drag, lift, or Bernoulli’s Principle. Designed in a 5-E lesson format, each activity begins with an essential question, incorporates a career component through a real-world scenario, and introduces age-appropriate vocabulary. Background information for the facilitator is included. Posters that illustrate key concepts associated with the lesson can be printed or viewed electronically. Templates are included as needed.

Full access to the activity and supporting resources is provided once free registration to the AeroEducate website is completed. 

 

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