Explore the science of aerodynamics as you build aircraft ranging from paper planes to high-flying model rockets.
To gain a hands-on understanding of concepts like lift, drag, thrust, and flow, you will take on a series of engineering challenges: developing compressed air rockets that fly straighter and longer, calibrating projectiles to hit a distant target, and designing streamlined gliders that soar through the sky. Build and test original creations over a sequence of launches while observing and analyzing critical moments of failure and success. With regular experimentation and your team’s ingenuity, you’ll design enhanced aircraft that can travel farther, higher, and faster.
Paper Air-Powered Rockets
Create paper air rockets propelled by a short burst of air, and then collect data to hone the best fin placement, nose cone shape, and rocket length for your future designs.
Create a glider that can soar and perform flips in mid-air. Using lightweight foam sheets and a wind tunnel for testing prototypes, construct your own design for optimal lift and extended flight.
With the concepts of the Ideal Gas Law in mind, create a pressurized rocket that will explode upwards to great heights. Design experiments to identify the ideal reactions for the most powerful rocket fuel and best flight.
Construct a culminating project using powerful engines. Apply all of your projectile knowledge to build a model rocket that can travel rapidly to a remarkable height.
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