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Aero/Astro


Created by jrose, last updated 2015-11-13

Kites, gliders, helicopters, and rockets! Activities for teaching about flight and potentially basic Newtonian mechanics.


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Bernoulli and More Bernoulli

Classics, but no images. Does have a "misconception" that the air going over and under a wing has to rejoin, which isn't true (top moves FASTER).

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Wind Tubes

Exploratorium vertical wind tunnel.

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Crazy About Kites

Cat-shaped kite from Fetch, uses straw spars.

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Go Fly a Kite

WGBH indoor kite.

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Sled Kite

NASA's sled kite. Fairly open ended.

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Kites

4H kite.

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Straws and Airplanes

Straw glider. Has very simple template, paper can be variable.

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Hoopster: An Airplane Made from Paper Hoops

Another Exploratorium version of the hoop plane.

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Cylindrical Wing

Exploratorium design activity.

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Family Flyers

4H paper airplanes.

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Evolution in Plane Sight

Another Exploratorium airplane.

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Paper Airplanes

"Nakamura lock" pattern from Exploratorium (Paul Doherty). Not much background info though.

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Geometry and Algebra: The Future Flight Equation

NASA wing design, with launcher. Uses styrofoam sheets but maybe could be manila folder layers.

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Nosedive

Simple TryScience.

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Airfoils

NASA/PSU model wing with angle-of-attack built-in.

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Lift Experiment

NASA's wing testing. Needs "egg crate plane" activity.

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Wingin' It

Airfoil testing.

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Round & Round

Simple paper copter from 4H.

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Helicopter Twirl

Like a bookmark.

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3...2...1 Puff!

NASA's straw rockets. Has templates, but not for fins. Two sizes using dowels or pencils.

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Rockets Away!

4H straw rockets. Uses a straw body, and a straw launcher.

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Rockets Away

Another rocket on a string.

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Bottle Blast Off

Exploratorium stomp bottle rocket. Nice complement to compressed air rocket.

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Balloon Rockets

Action reaction.

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