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Hands-on Aircraft Design Activity

Students prepare their gliders to launch from portable glider catapults

Product Type: Video Learning Clip
Audience: Educators, Informal Education, Students
Grade Levels: 5-8
Year: 2001
Subjects: History

This NASA video segment features middle school students from Connecticut who demonstrate how to perform a hands-on activity about airplane wings. Students construct airplanes out of foam trays and test which wing design allows the aircraft to fly the farthest. Students use mathematics skills to calculate wing areas and aspect ratios, measure flight distances, and graph and analyze the results.

Hands-on Aircraft Design Activity
Duration: 3 minutes 38 seconds
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Other video learning clips in this series:
NASA's Experimental Plane: What It Is and What It Does
The Process Involved in Aircraft Design
Preparing for Flight: Testing the Hyper-X
Plane Math Online Activity

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