Hands-on Aircraft Design Activity
Students prepare their gliders to launch from portable glider catapults

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Audience: Educators and Students
Grades: 5-8
Year: 2001

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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This video clip is part of the NASA CONNECT™ Geometry and Algebra: The Future Flight Equation DVD that may be ordered from the Central Operation of Resources for Educators, or CORE  →.

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