Explore how changing the copter’s shape or weight affects its flight, and explore how air resistance changes the way an object falls.
With scissors, simple folds, and paper clips, students have a really robust roto-research project!
Science: Can you control variables of position, rate, and center of mass?
Technology: Can you find what works best for a helicopter, a glider, or a plane?
Engineering: Can you improve the Copter so that it twirls faster?
Math: Can you cut paper to create positive/negative faces with symmetry? Can you create a graph showing the calculated rate of descent?
You can scale the sophistication of the investigation up or down. I've done this with kindergarten students (and dropped the data collection; just looked at results), and I've challenged my AP Physics 1 students (and scrutinizes the slope of their graphs).