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Unconventional Flight STEM Unit

SKU: W39851
$2,995.00 (USD)
Availability: This product has an expected shipping date of three weeks from the date ordered.


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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Type: Multi-Student STEM Units and Courses Grades: 6-8


What You'll Get

  • 12 aluminum spring scales (1000 gram)
  • 12 aluminum spring scales (100 gram)
  • 12 aluminum spring scales (500 gram)
  • 200 tissue paper sheets
  • 12 altitude finders
  • 12 glue sticks
  • 100 grid paper sheets
  • 12 meter sticks
  • Portable wind meter
  • 750 straws


Learning Values

  • Lift
  • Hypothesis
  • Heat transfer
  • Forces of flight
  • Attributes of design
  • Construction techniques
  • Testing
  • Troubleshooting
  • Design & creativity
  • Design process
  • Data analysis
  • Aeronautical engineering
  • Surface area
  • Area
  • Volume
  • Geometry
  • Estimating


  • Students Served: 24
  • Length of Unit: 3 weeks

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