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Building Tetrahedral Kites
Working in teams of four, learners build tetrahedral kites following specific instructions and using specific materials.
Sled KiteAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners build a sled kite that models a type of airfoil called a parawing.
Cup Sailing GameAdd to list Details
In this online Flash game, learners will captain a sailing challenge, adjusting boat direction and sails, seeking the way to take greatest advantage of varying wind speeds and directions to catch the
Engineered SportsAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners explore the concept of how aerospace engineering has impacted sports, specifically exploring the design of golf balls.
Working in small teams, learners try to build a satellite that can float for at least five seconds in the marked area of a vertical wind tube.
Tumble Wing Walkalong GliderAdd to list Details
In this physics activity (page 2 of the PDF), learners will construct their own walkalong glider. They will explore how air, though invisible, surrounds and affects other objects.
Geometry and Algebra: The Future Flight EquationAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners discover how NASA engineers develop experimental aircraft.
Heavy LiftingAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners work in NASA teams to build balloon-powered rockets using identical parts and compete to launch the greatest number of paper clips to "space" (the ceiling).
KitesAdd to list Details
This activity (on page 2 of the PDF under SciGirls Activity: Kites) is a full inquiry investigation into how a kite’s shape affects its performance.
Learners make a skydiver and parachute contraption and launch it. They see that the drag created by air resistance slows the descent of skydivers as they travel back to Earth.
Learners construct and launch paper helicopters.
In this engineering/design activity, learners make a kite, fly it, and then work to improve the design. Learners explore how their kite design variations affect flight.
GliderAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners construct a paper glider to experiment with aerodynamic forces.
Paper Airplane ContestAdd to list Details
In this fun physics activity (page 9 of the pdf), learners take part in a paper airplane design challenge.
Learners explore the Bernoulli effect by building an airfoil (airplane wing) and making it fly.
Water Rocket LaunchAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners explore rocketry and the principals of space flight.
Wind TubeAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners explore moving air and the physics of lift and drag by constructing homemade wind tunnels.
This is a great activity for investigating the basics of lift and drag as they pertain to flight. Learners will discover how to avoid "taking a nosedive" by building their own paper airplane.
Build a Borneo Glider
In this inquiry-based activity, learners investigate the basic forces of flight as they construct their own paper glider that represents a rainforest creature from Borneo (large, tropical island in So
Origami Flying Disk
In this three-part activity, learners use paper to explore Bernoulli's Principle — fast-moving air has lower pressure than non-moving air.