Better By Design

Which modification is the best? Using the scientific method, pairs determine the effects of each control surface on the distance of a glider's flight. The activity, section 16 in a 22-part unit on aviation, allows pupils to gain a better understanding of how to control an airplane.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Review the steps of the scientific method with the class
  • Use the activity in conjunction with the lesson "Airplane Tails and Wings: Are You in Control?"
Classroom Considerations
  • Assumes individuals are familiar with the control surfaces of an airplane
Pros
  • Contains ideas for extensions that add more mathematics to the lesson
  • Includes a data collection sheet with instructions on how to perform the necessary calculations
Cons
  • None
Common Core