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Balsa Gliders Teacher’s Guide

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Birds fly and glide effortlessly; it takes a little more effort and understanding for humans to accomplish flight. Balsa glider activities are a great way for students to understand lift, center of gravity, the four forces of flight, glide angles, and the design of aircraft – not exactly birdbrained topics!

The Balsa Gliders Teacher’s Guide contains ITEEA, NCTM, and NSTA standards addressed; teacher and student instructions for a variety of math, science, and technology activities; pretests and posttests; resource pages; and puzzles. Contains separate activities for middle school and high school students.

Equipment and materials needed to complete guide activities include the Balsa Gliders – Getting Started Package, tape measure or ruler (with mm markings), stopwatch, hobby knife, ruler, rubber bands, and standard classroom tools and materials. Note: This list is for all activities; individual activities don’t require all listed materials.


Type: Activity Guides and Curriculum/Teacher's Guides Grades: 6-12



Learning Values

  • Aerodynamics
  • Center of gravity/pressure
  • Force and motion
  • Construction techniques
  • Materials science
  • Problem-solving
  • Modeling
  • Scale and structure
  • Technological design
  • Measurements
  • Ratios
  • Surface area


  • Author: Robert Stokes
  • Pages: 91
  • Binding: Paperback/spiral-bound
  • Publisher: Pitsco, Inc.
  • Number of Lessons: 6
  • Number of Worksheets: 8
  • Copyright: 2011