Students will explore the forces of flight by engaging in the Engineering Design Process to test paper airplane designs using a mechanical plane launcher.
Make observations of the structures of birds and various flying inventions to connect how those structures allow for flight. Use those observations to plan and carry out multiple paper airplane design trials.
Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI) – ETS1-3: Developing Possible Solutions
Science & Engineering Practices (SEP) – Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
Crosscutting Concepts (CCC) – Cause & Effect
DCM Educators will bring out mechanical paper airplane launchers to facilitate fair tests of multiple paper airplane prototypes. Students will be able to choose from a variety of different types of paper to create their airplane designs and art materials if they want to personalize their models. (Virtual engagement still includes individual student materials).
1 session, 60 minutes
Grades 3 – 5: In-person or Virtual
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