Taking flight with an inquiry approach

Silvis, Kathryn
September 2008
Science Scope;Sep2008, Vol. 32 Issue 1, p75
Academic Journal
Science Experiment
The article discusses the paper airplane lesson for middle school students. The activity introduces scientific terms and concepts that students need to know before they design and conduct their own inquiry experiments. The lesson allows the students to engage in creating paper airplane model and explore how far their own paper airplane will fly. The lesson will explain the class results of paper airplane flights and evaluate patterns found in paper airplane test flights data. The activity draws students' attention to a common flaw in experimental designs.


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