Sometimes, in physics or just science, you need something that allows you to collect data for the sake of the data. This Flying Ring or tube is related to a paper airplane but is most definitely not one.
Students make a prototype out of copy paper and teach themselves to throw it. They collect distance data, then make a second ring out of cardstock and repeat the process. This is a good activity for a) following directions, b) the scientific method, and c) measuring in the metric system. I save this until I have one of those weird schedule days so I can still keep everyone on the same page.
This product has the interesting ability to be amazing to elementary up through high school students and I often hear about it from parents.
This product includes teacher instructions, a 17 slide power point presentation on aerodynamics and student data tables.
My record for a cardboard ring is 58 meters outside, without a tailwind.
• Hands on
• Data collection and analysis
• Cooperative Learning
• Reinforcement of difficult concepts
• Student handouts
• Teacher Guide
Keywords: aerodynamics, forces, laboratory, experiment, thrust, air resistance, drag, friction, lift, airfoil, physics, engineering, gifted, talented, GTE, GATE, STEM
Flying Ring Physics
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