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1901 - Wind Tunnel


Learning to Fly - Grades 6-10
This activity book presents several activities built around the discovery process used by the Wright brothers. There is a role playing game in which the student observes the Wrights' activities and has to report on the student's findings. There are plans for the construction of models of the first four Wright aircraft. There are lots of math problems to work on as well. This activity book was developed by a team in the NASA Glenn Office of Educational Programs.

Flying Model of the Wright Brothers' 1902 Aircraft - Grades 6-10
This activity presents step-by-step instructions for building a flying scale model of the Wright brothers' 1902 aircraft using balsa wood and tissue paper. This activity was developed by Richard Glueck of the Orono Middle School, Orono, Maine. It requires minimum model making skills and introduces the ideas of scaling and following directions. Photographs detail the design process. The models can be used as part of a science fair project, or used in a diorama to further stimulate creativity.

Models of the Wright Brothers' Aircraft - Grades 6-10
This activity presents plans and step-by-step instructions for building scale models of the Wright brothers aircraft from 1900 to 1903 using readily available materials (foam meat trays and toothpicks). The activity was developed by Roger Storm of Fairview Park High School during a summer intern session at NASA Glenn. It requires minimum model making skills and introduces the ideas of scaling and following directions. It prompts the student to investigate the invention process. The models can be used as part of a science fair project, modified with rigging, or used in a diorama to further stimulate creativity.

Wright 1901 Wind Tunnel Simulation - Grades 6-10
This activity presents instructions for using a computer simulation of the Wright 1901 wind tunnel to teach students some of the basics of scientific experiments and test techniques. This activity was developed by Tom Benson of the NASA Glenn Research Center. It requires a personal computer with Internet access. The activities can be run on-line or downloaded to run off-line. Students will learn to conduct parametric studies, to record and reduce data, prepare graphs, and interpret results.

Teamwork in Aerospace - Grades 6-12
This activity presents instructions and slides for a teamwork activity built around aerospace. Groups of students form small companies to design and test fly paper airplanes in a competition to produce aircraft for NASA. The activity was developed by Tom Benson at the NASA Glenn Research Center. It requires a minimum of supplies; 8 1/2 x 11 paper, scissors, tape and paper clips and it introduces the students to many of the problems one encounters while working on a team. The activity takes about 1 hour to perform.

Smoke Tunnel Plans - Grades 9-12
This activity presents step-by-step instructions for building a flow visualization (smoke) wind tunnel. This activity was developed by Dwayne Hunt and Carol Galica of the NASA Glenn Research Center. It requires moderate shop skills with hand tools, but less than $100 worth of materials. Photographs detail the construction process. The tunnel can be used as part of a science fair project, or used to study how air flows past a variety of models.

Additional Activities
Program Description URL Grade
Aeronautics Kidspage This website is designed to help children learn about aeronautics, with an emphasis on aircraft engines. Lesson plans on the history, dynamics, and propulsion of airplanes are provided. K- 6
  2003 Wright Brothers Game  
Aeronautics Learning Laboratory for Science Technology (ALLSTAR) Lesson plans and experiments on the Principles of Aviation, Aerospace, and The History of Aeronautics are available on this website. Clearly established levels of understanding for different 'and age-ranges are a strength of this site. 6-14
Aerospace Education Services Program (AESP) The AESP enhances awareness and understanding of scientific and technology advances growing out of NASA's mission of research, discovery, and exploration. NASA provides assistance and support in updating science, math, geography, and technology curricula by utilizing new and evolving instructional technologies and teaching strategies. K-16
Beginners Guide to Propulsion This interactive website serves as a guide to how jet engines work. Activities, data, and engine simulations are available for teachers and students. K-16
Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) The Experimental Aircraft Association offers a wide variety of opportunities for teacher and students interested in building or modeling their own airplanes. K-16
High Speed Civil Transport Download and assemble a model of the Supersonic HSCT airplane. Get current information on advanced aircraft, and aeronautics programs and developments. K-16
K-8 Aeronautics Internet Textbook Numerous lesson plans, demonstrations, activities and information on aerospace careers are available. Detailed information on the Wright Brother's Flight Process, including journal entries, are also featured. K- 8
KAAMS The KAAMS teacher website supplies problem based learning opportunities that get students involved in authentic aeronautics-based remote-sensing missions conducted by NASA scientists. 6-9
NASA Education Workshops (NEW) NEW provide educators with an opportunity to observe state-of-the-art research and development while directly interacting with experts at a NASA Field Center. K-16 educators
Plane Math This interactive website, designed for children with physical disabilities, contains activities relating math to aeronautics. K-4
The Wright Brothers Posters This pair of posters includes "The Process of Invention" and "Innovation Through Flight". Both posters showcase the vital role that engineering has played in human progress. K-12
The Wright Way Learn about the development of the first manned, powered flight from its conception through research and experimentation, to success and beyond. This website features facts, lesson plans, simulations, activities, and contains information on how to participate in the Centennial of Flight Celebration. K-12

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