PostedTuesday, May 17, 2022 at 12:10 PM
In the Flight Stability activity learners build a rocket out of recyclable materials. The rocket must demonstrate stable flight with and without carrying cargo.
Flight Stability: How does balance affect flight stability?
Objective: Understand the relationship between weight, balance, and stability
Scenario and Task: You are an aerospace engineer. You will use recyclable materials to create a rocket that is stable during flight. Your rocket must demonstrate stable flight with and without carrying cargo.
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 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, 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.