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Learning to Fly - Grades 6-10
http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/Wright/ROGER/WrightBrothers.pdf
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
http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/Wright/model1902.htm
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
http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/Wright/ROGER/models.htm
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
http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/K-12/airplane/TeamAct/teamwork.html
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 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
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
Plane Math This interactive website, designed for children with physical disabilities, contains activities relating math to aeronautics. K-4
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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Last Updated: Thu, Apr 14 06:53:48 AM EDT 2022

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