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You will use this hands-on activity to help elementary students learn about the forces of flight.
To engage students with flight and airplane design, you will explain the four forces of flight and discuss modifications engineers make when designing aircraft that are used for different purposes. Students will fold 3 different paper airplanes using templates, test them and modify the weight or design of each aircraft to change the planes' speed and flight distance.
In the media carousel above you will find video tutorials for paper airplane templates #1-3. Preview these to prepare for instructing students on folding the paper airplanes. You may also download the tutorials to share with the teacher or students. You will also find the Build the Future introduction video, the PowerPoint presentation and the Engineer Guide.
To prepare for your classroom visit, about two weeks in advance, review the information in the Engineer Guide and the materials provided for this activity.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry accompany Verb
to join with someone or something.
to change or modify something to fit with something else.
person who speaks, writes, or otherwise supports a person, idea, or cause.
person who represents a place, organization, or idea.
trial or test performance given to a performer to judge their performance.
to hire actors for a film or play.
Hebrew form of address for a respected and educated man.
to love tenderly and protectively.
people and culture focused on the teachings of Jesus and his followers.
to exchange knowledge, thoughts, or feelings.
a disagreement or fight, usually over ideas or procedures.
most important celebration in the Christian religion, marking the day when the deity Jesus rose from the dead.
residence of an ambassador or place where representatives of a nation conduct business in another country.
to inspire or support a person or idea.
at some point in the future.
to cause an interest in.
to not eat.
genetic engineer Noun scientist who manipulates genetic material in order to alter the hereditary traits of a cell, organism, or population. hesitate Verb
to delay making or acting on a decision because of fear or unwillingness.
to shine light on.
leader of prayer in a mosque.
unscheduled, unprepared, or improvised.
internal or inland.
having to do with the religion or culture of people tracing their ancestry to the ancient Middle East and the spiritual leaders Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Kotel Noun stone wall on the western side of the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel, held sacred by Jews as a site of prayer and pilgrimage. Also called the Western Wall or Wailing Wall. market Noun
central place for the sale of goods.
art and science of selling a product.
the lowest or least.
official who calls faithful Muslims to prayer from the minaret or other elevated part in a mosque.
having to do with Islam, the religion based on the words and philosophy of the prophet Mohammed.
physician or scientist who studies the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the brain and nervous system.
Old City Noun
walled, UNESCO World Heritage Site within the modern city of Jerusalem, Israel, consisting of four quarters: the Muslim Quarter, the Christian Quarter, the Jewish Quarter and the Armenian Quarter.
to unjustly discriminate against, torment, or persecute.
to take part in an activity.
point of view or way of looking at a situation.
political science Noun
study of political systems and the structure and conduct of governments.
communication with a spiritual deity.
title of religious leader in many faiths.
benefit or special right.
public relations (PR) Noun
the art, science, and business of promoting an organization, person, or event.
leading religious official of a Jewish synagogue.
ninth month in the Muslim calendar, when Muslims fast during daylight hours.
anyway, or in spite of something.
a system of spiritual or supernatural belief.
burial vault or tomb. Also spelled sepulcher.
Jewish sabbath, observed on Saturday.
to photograph or film.
open-air marketplace common throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Also called a sook.
tasty and aromatic plant substances used in cooking.
a general characteristic associated with a group of people.
uncomfortable relationship between two people or groups.
fair and respectful attitude toward others and their way of life.
beliefs, customs, and cultural characteristics handed down from one generation to the next.
someone who sells something.