Shape Your Flight Activity Demo | Summary and Q&A

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July 17, 2019
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Shape Your Flight Activity Demo

TL;DR

Learn about the forces of flight and how to measure and calculate the area of a triangle by constructing and launching paper airplanes.

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Questions & Answers

Q: What is the purpose of the "Shape Your Flight" activity?

The purpose of the activity is to teach students about the forces of flight and engage them in hands-on learning about measuring and calculating the area of a triangle.

Q: What materials are needed for the activity?

The materials needed for the activity include paper, tape, a metric ruler, a pencil, a tape measure, a calculator, and the activity worksheet.

Q: How are students divided for the activity?

Students are divided into groups of two to four to construct and launch their paper airplanes.

Q: What options are available for analyzing the flight data?

There are two options available for analyzing the flight data. The simple option involves classifying the flight triangles and calculating the perimeter and area. The advanced option involves using the Pythagorean theorem to calculate the measurements and comparing them to the actual values.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • NASA education specialist demonstrates an activity to teach students about the forces of flight and how NASA designs new aircraft.

  • Students construct paper airplanes and learn to measure and calculate the area of a triangle.

  • The activity includes launching the airplanes, measuring flight distances, and analyzing flight data.

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