Glider Challenge (SAE)

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ASSET STEM Education

2403 Sidney Street

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Pittsburgh, PA 15203

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Students explore the relationship between force and motion and the effects of weight and lift on a glider. Students learn the relationships

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The Glider Challenge has been designed to supplement the curriculum of teachers and is intended for six to eighth-grade students whose teachers are using a multidisciplinary approach. Like all AWIM challenges, the Glider Challenge will join together teachers, students, and industry volunteers in an exploration of physical science while addressing essential mathematic and scientific concepts and skills.

In the Glider Challenge a fictitious publishing company called Mobility Press contacts the students in a letter which explains that it wants to publish a book of designs for gliding toys that children of ages 8-12 can build with assistance from an adult. The company invites the class to submit a manuscript that includes drawings and plans for building the gliders, as well as instructions for how to fly them and a description of how they work. Student design teams design two products: a gliding toy and a set of book pages that describe how to build and fly the toy. Over the course of the eight weeks, a variety of activities prepare the students to develop a prototype gliding toy and a book manuscript. The challenge culminates in a book-signing event, in which the class presents its book and student design teams present their gliding-toy prototypes.

During this course, participants will:

  • Engage in three-dimensional learning for developing disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and cross cutting concepts
  • Participate as an adult learner to experience investigations and science and engineering content
  • Share teaching strategies to support literacy and inquiry-based learning
  • Identify the learning goals in the module and how the investigations support the Big Ideas
  • Examine assessment opportunities
  • Develop notebook as a resource
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