This lesson is perfect for the teacher who wants their students to explore and find answers rather than go out and get them.
In this engaging discovery and prototyping STEM lesson, students explore how the shape of a wing affects gliding. Students construct a very simple but effective glider and then modify the glider as they explore answers to the question with experimentation and class synergy.
You’ll get everything you need to start today:
--pedagogy to help make the lesson a success
--a mini lesson on drag or air resistance
--activities for exploring a question through the engineering process
--activities for prototyping, experimenting
--techniques for debriefing and discussion
--a final challenge to put prototypes to the test
--instructions and activity sheets for both the teacher and the student
Level: 3rd Grade GATE through 6th grade
Materials: construction paper and tape
Time: 2-4 hours