Archive: Engineering Design Challenge: Forces and Motion -- The Great Boomerang Challenge, April 11, 2012

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is Web Seminar took place on April 11, 2012, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenter was Rudo Kashiri, NASA Explorer Schools Specialist at Langley Research Center. In this Seminar, Ms. Kashiri introduced a new lesson that shows how aerodynamic forces influence flight characteristics by engaging students in the process of designing boomerangs.

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  • on Mon Apr 30, 2012 11:44 PM

I like the simplicity of this design challenge. Students can easily construct their boomerangs in a short period of time and then test those designs. The data analysis of this activity, however, pushes students to apply their knowledge about aerodynamics, lift, and drag to evaluate their designs. I see great possibilities with my high school physics students.

Ruth Hutson  (Westmoreland, KS)
Ruth Hutson (Westmoreland, KS)

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