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Airplane Picture Students design and construct a gliding aircraft. They use the Internet as a research tool to gain background information about specific flight principles. Using their research, students consider various aircraft designs, choose one, and construct it using provided tools and materials. After they test their gliders and record data from each flight, students redesign their aircrafts, making appropriate adjustments in order to achieve a successful flight.

Grade Level:


Subject Matter:

Technology, Science

Curricular Uses:

Aerospace Engineering, Flight, Air Transportation, Physical Science

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Use the Internet to aid in research and design.
  • Identify lift, weight, thrust, and drag as forces that impact an aircraft's flight.
  • Define Bernoulli's Principle as it pertains to flight principles.
  • Explain how lift force is produced using an airfoil shape.

Use of Internet:

Students will use the Internet as a tool and resource for research.

This lesson was developed by Dave Janosz, wNetSchool Master Teacher, and was funded by the Louis Calder Foundation.