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Take learners from ground zero to unlimited heights! Created for upper-elementary students, the Aeronautical STEM Unit provides both content and hands-on experiences regarding the basics of flight, including:
Air Engineering Challenges is a two-week Elementary STEM Unit in which students work in teams of two to four to find out about hydraulic systems. Activities teach students research skills and teamwork. Students design and make an interactive display.
The Elementary STEM Units include cross-curricular activities and experiments that teach concepts in math, science, technology, and language arts. In today’s classroom, flexibility is key, and these STEM Units were created to be easily set up and adaptable.
Each unit comes with a unit guide, teacher notes, scope and sequence, teacher’s guide, student pages, assessments, and all of the materials needed for a class of 24 students.
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Introduce students to experimenting with variables and finding velocity with this unit on air-powered rockets. In the first section, students build simple straw rockets and test how different rocket lengths and launch angles affect flight. Students record the resulting data and use it to calculate velocity. In the second part, the class turns to rockets launched by the powerful AP Launcher. These tube rockets are ideal for outdoor or gymnasium launches that help students explore fin placement and design their own rockets. Finally, they build and launch rocket-boosted gliders.
The Varying Launch Angles activity delves into the effect of launch angles on the flight of straw rockets. After building a basic rocket, students complete two launches at a given launch angle and repeat this process while increasing the angle in increments of 15 degrees. As they work, students measure and record each launch’s flight time and range. After completing the launches, the data collected is evaluated to learn about the connection between launch angle and rocket performance.
Arch Structures is a two-week Elementary STEM Unit in which students work in teams of two to four to learn about arch structures. Students learn different ways to span gaps and develop creative design skills to construct a model skywalk.
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By combining geometry, material science, and graphic design, Basic Structures delivers great learning potential. After building structures from straws and pipe cleaners, students compare the strengths of three different polyhedrons and then calculate the efficiency of each. Then, they are challenged to construct the tallest self-supporting straw tower possible. In the second part of the unit, students enter the world of package design to create a telescoping box with a tessellation design. Then, they test the strength of different bonding materials used in packaging and design and build a box to hold a specific volume.
This unit begins with the Comparing Strength of Polyhedrons activity. First, students learn about static forces and geometric figures in order to develop a hypothesis about which geometric figure is the strongest.
Using pipe cleaners and straws, they build three polyhedrons: a cube, rectangular prism, and triangular prism. The strength of each polyhedron is tested with hanging weights that are progressively increased until the figure can no longer hold the weight. Then, students evaluate the results and compare them to their original hypotheses.
Bridge Structures is a two-week Elementary STEM Unit in which students work in teams of two to four to find out about different bridging structures. Students learn how to make strong structures, investigate properties of materials, and, for their challenge, build a beam bridge.
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Bridge the gap between construction and engineering with this unit. Students start by constructing toothpick bridges and testing them to the point of destruction. Then, they use this data to calculate each bridge’s efficiency. Moving on to the more detailed balsa bridge construction, students learn about material strength. As the culminating activity, students design and build a bridge to strict specifications with the goal of holding the maximum load possible.
Following the unit’s coverage of bridge construction and building a model toothpick bridge, the Calculating Efficiency activity focuses on determining the efficiency of the completed bridge.
Using these bridges, students weigh them and then perform a destructive test on them, noting how much test weight broke each bridge. They use basic math skills to calculate the efficiency of each bridge based on its weight and the weight it was able to hold.
Cantilever Structures is a two-week Elementary STEM Unit in which students work in teams of two to four to learn about cantilever structures. Students will use a crank-and-pulley system, learn construction skills, and, for their challenge, build a crane.
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