PostedTuesday, May 17, 2022 at 10:46 AM
In the Straw Plane activity learners create and test a glider plane complete with ailerons, rudder, and elevators. Then they modify the structure of the plane's parts so that it consistently lands within a target zone.
Straw Plane: How do you stabilize a plane in flight?
Objective: Explore how a plane’s structure impacts the motion of a plane
Scenario and Task: You are an aircraft designer. You will create and test a glider plane complete with ailerons, rudder, and elevators. Your task is to create an aircraft that can consistently land within a target zone.
AeroEducate 6-8 Activities are developed for learners to investigate topics such as lift, stability, the Magnus effect, and sound. 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. Separate student directions and templates are included as needed.
Full access to the activity and supporting resources is provided once free registration to the AeroEducate website is completed.
AeroEducate is a series of STEM activities developed by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) in cooperation with North Carolina State University and the National Institute of Aerospace. EAA is a passionate community of aviation enthusiasts from diverse backgrounds.