The following STEM activity is a great way to incorporate the engineering design process into your classroom or afterschool program! This hands-on activity shows students how to optimize an engineering design through systematically testing variables. Students will learn how to build a standard hoop glider out of straws and paper, conduct testing, and then change different variables to determine the effect on flying distance.
Purpose of the Hoop Glider Activity: Show students how to systematically step through the testing and design steps of the Engineering Design process by changing one variable at a time using the hoop glider design.
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