AeroEducate 6-8 Activity: Hovercraft
AeroEducate 6-8 Activity: Hovercraft
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PostedTuesday, May 17, 2022 at 11:16 AM

Updated06/01/2022

In the Hovercraft activity learners create a hovercraft with easily found materials and make adjustments to the design to enable the hovercraft to operate on different surfaces.

Hovercraft: How does friction affect motion?

Objective:  Investigate how friction impacts the movement of a hovercraft

Scenario and Task: You are an engineer conducting runway friction studies. Your task is to build a functioning hovercraft that can operate on multiple surfaces.

AeroEducate 6-8 Activities are developed for learners to investigate topics such as lift, stability, friction, 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.

In the Hovercraft activity learners create a hovercraft with easily found materials and make adjustments to the design to enable the hovercraft to operate on different surfaces.

Hovercraft: How does friction affect motion?

Objective:  Investigate how friction impacts the movement of a hovercraft

Scenario and Task: You are an engineer conducting runway friction studies. Your task is to build a functioning hovercraft that can operate on multiple surfaces.

AeroEducate 6-8 Activities are developed for learners to investigate topics such as lift, stability, friction, 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.

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