In this hands-on and web interactive project, students design and build a bird wing powerful enough to spin them in an office chair when it is flapped. By modifying the shape, size, and/or materials used in their design based on observations of natural and man-made transportation methods, students will learn about thrust, forces, durability, and energy use.
Subject(s): Science, English Language Arts
Grade Level(s): 6
Computer for Presenter, Computers for Students, Internet Connection, LCD Projector, Speakers/Headphones, Microphones, Computer Media Player
1 Hour(s) 30 Minute(s)
Resource supports reading in content area:Yes
Freely Available: Yes
Keywords: biomimetic, thrust, aviation, hands-on, bird, force
In order to fully benefit from this resource, students should participate in the online interactive component by uploading images, video, and text describing their design and process. In explaining their process and design, students are not only forced to conceptualize what they've done, but also will have one-on-one feedback from mentoring scientists who reinforce core science concepts.
Teachers should encourage students to use methods of data collection and analysis in order to best determine what designs are most successful and why.
Source and Access Information
Name of Author/Source: Iridescent
Is this Resource freely Available? Yes
Access Privileges: Public
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