Students participate in a model glider competition as part of a festival featuring the glider pilots of WWII. In preparation for the competition, students learn about gliders during WWII, components of gliders, and fundamental principles of flight. Through research and testing of a standard glider model, students develop the skills to design and build their own glider using the engineering design process as a guide. This kit contains enough materials for 10 groups. Access to curricula materials can be found at http://www.nicerc.org.
Materials in this kit include: modeling clay, bend hooks, dowel rods, yard sticks, rubber bands, craft sticks, straws, duct tape, and foam boards.
Students will design a vessel that represents supplies being dropped to refugees. Apply concepts of potential energy, kinetic energy, motion, gravity, velocity, drag, and the Law of Conservation of Energy while also taking into consideration the cost of building and shipping the vessels.