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Balsa Gliders I - (3rd - 8th graders).
Min./ Max. Size of Group Required: 20/40 students
Amount of Time Required: 1 Hour
$5.00 additional per student

In this activity students will learn about gliders and basic technology of an airplane. The students will put together a pre-packaged glider and test fly to get an understanding of flight.

Students will…

    • C.8.4 Predict possible outcomes of a newly designed technological system.

    • C.8.2 Explain and demonstrate several solutions to a problem or opportunity using technological design, tools, careful planning, experimentation, and testing

    • C.8.4 Predict possible outcomes of a newly designed technological system

    • C.8.5 Explain the value of technical knowledge and teamwork in the development of a device or process

    • C.8.6 Explain how changing the physical characteristics of material or the format of information can increase its usefulness

    • D.8.5 While conducting investigations, explain the motion of objects by describing the forces acting on them.

    • D.8.6 While conducting investigations, explain motion of objects.

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    • D.12.7 Analyze changes in the motion of objects and the forces that act on them

    • D.12.8 Understand the forces of gravitation

    • C.12.9 Apply basic engineering concepts in the design and creation of solutions to

    • various problems or opportunities

    • C.12.10 Evaluate a technological solution and make necessary improvement if needed

    • C.12.11 Select and apply appropriate processes to alter the characteristics of material to make it useful in different situations

Balsa Gliders II- (8th – 12th graders).
Min./ Max. Size of Group Required: 20/30 students
Amount of Time Required: 1 Hour
$9.00 additional per student

Burt Rutan was enthralled with constructing gliders when he was only a child and he eventually created a glider that helped launch Spaceship One into space, winning the $10 million Ansari-X prize. In this activity students will learn about gliders and follow in Burt Rutan’s footsteps by designing, constructing and flying their very own balsa glider.

Students will…

    • C.8.4 Predict possible outcomes of a newly designed technological system.

    • C.8.2 Explain and demonstrate several solutions to a problem or opportunity using technological design, tools, careful planning, experimentation, and testing

    • C.8.4 Predict possible outcomes of a newly designed technological system

    • C.8.5 Explain the value of technical knowledge and teamwork in the development of a device or process

    • C.8.6 Explain how changing the physical characteristics of material or the format of information can increase its usefulness

    • D.8.5 While conducting investigations, explain the motion of objects by describing the forces acting on them.

    • D.8.6 While conducting investigations, explain motion of objects.

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    • D.12.7 Analyze changes in the motion of objects and the forces that act on them

    • D.12.8 Understand the forces of gravitation

    • C.12.9 Apply basic engineering concepts in the design and creation of solutions to

    • various problems or opportunities

    • C.12.10 Evaluate a technological solution and make necessary improvement if needed

    • C.12.11 Select and apply appropriate processes to alter the characteristics of material to make it useful in different situations

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