PLTW Takes Flight

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Students in Mrs. Janouskovec-Renahan's class designed, built and tested their gilder planes during a recent PLTW activity. After learning about the forces that affect flight, each student used Autodesk 123D Design, a 3D software App, to choose wings and a horizontal stabilizer in order to design their glider. Next, they built their gliders and tested their designs using a prepared launch site. The students were able to determine what variables, such as adding a downward force (weight), helped to make their glider plane fly a greater distance.