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Engineering Design Challenge: Forces and Motion -- The Great Boomerang Challenge

During this web seminar, participants were introduced to the Great Boomerang Design Challenge and found out how to incorporate this challenge into their physical science classes. They learned how aerodynamics research has been applied to boomerang design changes and increased boomerang performance, which led to the creation of international boomerang flight competitions. Attendees received strategies for implementing the lesson, which allows students to think and act like engineers and scientists as they follow the steps of the process to design, build, test, and re-design a boomerang.


This web seminar is part of a series of electronic professional development experiences sponsored by the NASA Explorer Schools (NES) project. NASA Explorer Schools invests in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics educators to inspire and engage a whole generation of future scientists, engineers and technicians that NASA needs to continue our journey. NES gives educators of grades 4-12 free access to NASA’s people, missions, research, and facilities. We take the work out of searching through thousands of materials on the NASA website and provide a comprehensive set of teaching materials for dozens of STEM concepts. For additional information about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

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