Engineering Skills Take Flight

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Hands-on learning activities via Project Lead The Way are in full swing at Nesaquake Middle School. On Nov. 23, seventh-graders in the Flight and Space elective course tested their project-based learning activity of building hot air balloons by launching them in the school’s atrium.

The seventh-grade students learned about engineering, design and flight to get the background required to build and launch their balloons successfully. The teams of four have both individual and team responsibilities that are delegated by the team manager. Some of the resources available for research and design include laptops, whiteboxlearning.com and the Project Lead The Way learning management system.

Some of the lessons students participate in include virtually lighter than air vehicles, the four forces of flight, Newton's Laws of Motion, Bernoulli's principle, the history of flight and the Wright Brothers. All data, findings and sketches are recorded in students’ Gateway (engineering) notebooks.