AeroEducate 9-12 Activity: Propeller Design
AeroEducate 9-12 Activity: Propeller Design
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PostedTuesday, May 17, 2022 at 12:00 PM

Updated06/01/2022

In the Propeller Design activity learners design propellers that create lift that can be meaured using a digital scale. Propellers can be shaped out of foamcore, blasa wood, or 3D printed. Extension: learners can use a motor and nose cone instead of a rubber band.

Propeller Design: How does the design of propeller blades affect thrust?

Objective: Explore how variables in a propeller design affect thrust.

Scenario and Task: You are an aeronautical engineer. Your task is to create a propeller that will generate thrust. You will use a digital scale to measure maximum lift.

AeroEducate 9-12 Activities are developed for learners to investigate topics such as aerodynamics, the four forces of flight, composite wings, and flight stability. 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 vocabularyBackground information for the facilitator is included. Posters that illustrate key concepts associated with the lesson can be printed or viewed electronically. Separate student directions, educator setups, and templates are included as needed.

These activities could be used as team-building and collaborative engineering experiences for transitional bridge programs from high school to college.  They are also excellent capstone engineering projects.

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 Propeller Design activity learners design propellers that create lift that can be meaured using a digital scale. Propellers can be shaped out of foamcore, blasa wood, or 3D printed. Extension: learners can use a motor and nose cone instead of a rubber band.

Propeller Design: How does the design of propeller blades affect thrust?

Objective: Explore how variables in a propeller design affect thrust.

Scenario and Task: You are an aeronautical engineer. Your task is to create a propeller that will generate thrust. You will use a digital scale to measure maximum lift.

AeroEducate 9-12 Activities are developed for learners to investigate topics such as aerodynamics, the four forces of flight, composite wings, and flight stability. 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 vocabularyBackground information for the facilitator is included. Posters that illustrate key concepts associated with the lesson can be printed or viewed electronically. Separate student directions, educator setups, and templates are included as needed.

These activities could be used as team-building and collaborative engineering experiences for transitional bridge programs from high school to college.  They are also excellent capstone engineering projects.

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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