Guide to Aeronautics
Designing an Aircraft Model
Subject Areas: Science, Mathematics
Grade Level: 6-8
Concepts and Processes - Evidence, models, and explanation.
Technology - Abilities of technological design.
as Reasoning - Understand and apply reasoning process, with special
attention to spatial reasoning and reasoning with proportions and graphs.
as Reasoning - Validate their own thinking.
research tools - use content-specific tools, software and simulations
to support learning and research.
research tools - select and use appropriate tools and technology
resources to accomplish a variety of tasks and solve problems.
Historical Commercial Photos Web site and the NASA
Glenn Beginner's Guide to Aeronautics, you will demonstrate a basic
understanding of airplane design and propulsion by making a model of an
aircraft, explaining its design, and "flying" it. You will graph the results
of three trials.
The Beginner's Guide
to Aeronautics is a Web site of information prepared by NASA Glenn Research
Center to help you better understand aircraft aerodynamics and propulsion.
Click Beginner's Guide Index
to access the list of slides. Open the slide called Three
Forces on a Glider and read it. Then go back to the Beginner's Guide
Index and access the slide called Four
Forces on an Airplane.
Commercial Photos (http://www.boeing.com/companyoffices/gallery/boeinghistcom.html)
has a database of images of Boeing commercial aircraft. By clicking on
the images, you can access additional data, including span, length, weight,
top speed, range, and type of engine. (Warning: downloading the information
on each aircraft may take a while. Some, however, load very quickly.)
Open this site and read through the various aircraft data. Then using
the background information accessed, complete the activity designed to
demonstrate your ability to (1) design a model of an aircraft, and (2)
graph information you obtain from "flying" your aircraft.
You, or you
and your partner(s), will be evaluated by the accuracy or feasibility
of your answers.
demonstrate the ability to use and understand information found on the
World Wide Web by designing an aircraft and graphing the information obtained
by "flying" it.
Merski, Holy Family School, Erie, Pennsylvania