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Football Physics: The "Impossible" Free Kick
4 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Given a particular direction and velocity, what force can make a ball swerve into a goal? This visually engaging video illustrates the physics that occur when a ball rotates on its axis while moving in a particular direction, also known...
Equal and Opposite Thrust in Aircraft: You're a Pushover!
7th - 9th CCSS: Designed
It's the law—every action requires a reaction, no matter how small. Pupils experience two demonstrations of Newton's third law of motion as it relates to thrust in the 10th segment of a 22-part unit on flight. Using their mathematical...
The Physics of Weightless Flight
5 mins 9th - Higher Ed CCSS: Adaptable
Ever wonder what it's like to feel weightless? Hop aboard the Vomit Comet and find out! A video from a large physics playlist features the parabolic airplane flight used to simulate weightlessness. Young physicists discover how the...
Flight Dreams - Folding into Flight
Pre-K - 6th CCSS: Adaptable
Combine measurement, following directions, physics, and art with one fun activity. Learners read a set of instruction to create three different kinds of paper airplanes. They measure, fold, and fly the planes, and record data and answer...
Lift and Drag: Principles of Flight and the Soaring Imagination
2nd - 8th
Students construct models of early gas balloons and gliders. For this balloon and glider lesson, students create models of early gas balloons and gliders, discover how the forces of lift and drag effect aircraft in flight, and put on...
The Effects on Flight Characteristics/Performance Due To Variations in Design of Sled Kites.
5th - 7th
Students expand upon previous lessons with sled kites by varying the dimensions or materials while building a news sled kite while working in a team. They fly their original kites and the new ones under similar conditions to determine...
Principles of Flight: Gyrocopter and the Scientific Method
5th - 8th
Students explore the concept of the scientific method. In this investigative lesson, students investigate which direction the blades will spin on a gyrocopter. Student will practice using the scientific method to complete the investigation.
Give Me a Boost—How Gravity Assists Aid Space Exploration
9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
The propellant needed for space explorations runs in the thousands, while paying to get the craft into orbit costs millions! In the second installment of three, two activities explore laws of conservation of energy and momentum. Using...