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Beginner's Guide to Aerodynamics
Airplane Parts/Functions Activity

Subject Area: Physical Science

Grade Level: 6-9

National Science Standards:

  • Physical Science: Motions and forces.
  • Science and Technology:
    • Understanding about science and technology.
    • Abilities of technological design.

National Technology Standards:

  • Research Tools - Use content-specific tools, software and simulations (e.g., environmental probes, graphing calculators, exploratory environments, Web tools) to support learning and research.
  • Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Tools - Routinely and efficiently use on-line information resources to meet needs for collaboration, research, publications, communications, and productivity.


After reading an explanation from a NASA Web-based textbook, you will demonstrate an understanding of the text by labeling and describing the functions of the parts of an airplane.

Beginner's Guide to Aerodynamics is a "textbook" of information prepared at NASA Glenn Research Center to help you better understand how airplanes work. Click Beginner's Guide Index to access the list of slides. Open the slide called Airplane Parts Definitions (with text) and read the explanation of the parts of an airplane and their functions. For more information on airplane parts and their functions refer to the following slides: Fuselage, Wing Geometry, Jet Engines, Flaps and Slats, Spoilers, Elevator, Aileron, and Rudder (with text). Then using the information provided at Airplane Parts Activity, complete the problems designed to demonstrate your knowledge of basic airplane parts and their functions.


 You, or you and your partner(s), will be evaluated on the accuracy or feasibility of your answers.


You will demonstrate the ability to use information found on the World Wide Web to learn how to label and describe the functions of the parts of an airplane.

Submitted by: Dan Tuttle, Lorain Admiral King High School, Lorain, Ohio

Related Pages:
Lesson Index
Aerodynamics Index


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