Unconventional Flight covers flight outside of airplanes and rockets – such as hot-air balloons and kites. In this three-week unit, students design, build, and fly a tetrahedron kite. They apply geometry and engineering while investigating the relationship between size and lift and calculating area and volume. In the second part of the unit, students build and launch hot-air balloons. In the process, they approximate surface area and analyze the flight of their balloon. As a final project, students compete in an engineering challenge to determine who can design, build, and fly a hot-air balloon to achieve the highest altitude.
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