NASA STEM @ Home For Students
NASA’s journeys have propelled technological breakthroughs, pushed the frontiers of scientific research, and expanded our understanding of the universe. These accomplishments, and those to come, share a common genesis: education in science, technology, engineering, and math.
The airplanes unit begins with a lesson on how airplanes create lift, which involves a discussion of air pressure and how wings use Bernoulli’s principle to change air pressure. Next, students explore the other three forces acting on airplanes—thrust, weight and drag. Following these lessons, students learn how airplanes are controlled and use paper airplanes to demonstrate these principles. The final lessons addresses societal and technological impacts that airplanes have had on our world. Students learn about different kinds of airplanes and then design and build their own balsa wood airplanes based on what they have learned.
How Things Fly
Learn by doing! Discover for yourself the answers to things you’ve always wondered about flight. Explore wing shapes and other factors affecting lift in How Wings Work, design and make your own Paper Airplane, take the Distance Challenge, and see the Forces of Flight in action. You can even practice flying with the Controlled Flight simulator or by building a rocket in Rocket Lab.