ISBE Science Goals

11.B.3c:Select the most appropriate design and build a prototype or simulation.

*Students will design and construct a plane or glider based on Leonardo daVinci’s drawings.

11.B.3d:Test the prototype using available materials, instruments and technology and record the data.

*Students will test fly their plane or glider and compare the distance their plane flew with others.

11.B.3e:Evaluate the test results based on established criteria, note sources or error and recommend improvement.

*Students will assess their plane’s design based on how far it flew and record any modifications they would make to their plane to improve its distance.

12.D.3a:Explain and demonstrate how forces affect motion (e.g., action/reaction, equilibrium conditions, free-falling objects).

*Students will explain the three forces that act on a rocket.

12.D.3b:Explain the factors that affect the gravitational forces on objects (e.g., changes in mass, distance).

*Students will identify the importance of the center of gravity of a rocket.

13.B.3b:Identify important contributions to science and technology that have been made by individuals and groups from various cultures.

*Students will identify important individuals in the history of flight and space.


EPS Goals

Technology Goal 2:Demonstrate research skills to seek, gather and evaluate information through the use of technology resources.

EPSTS12:Use the Internet

EPSTS15:Use grade level appropriate researching techniques

·Students will

  1. identify major turning points in the development of modern flight.
  2. identify people involved in developing and testing modern flight technology.
  3. create planes and rockets that use the principals of flight that have been studied.
  4. explain the basic functions of the wing, propeller, rudder, fins and jet engine.
  5. test fly student-made planes and rockets.
  6. analyze the successfulness of flight for student-made planes and rockets.


Materials Needed: model rocket sets (1 per student), hot glue guns, model building glue, rulers, White Wings blue prints, White Wings assembly instructions, internet access for research, Dreams of Flight: Air and Space DVD set, Moving Goods & People Through Space booklet

all worksheets are attached and also located in the “Aerospace” binder in the Tech Lab (room B10).

ASSESSMENTS: correlated to the benchmarks and objectives

  1. Leonardo daVinci Flyers Test Flight Reflection (11.B.3c, 11.B.3d, 11.B.3e)
  2. Timeline of flight and space (13.B.3b) (EPSTS12, 15)
  3. White Wings Project Rubric (13.B.3b) (EPSTS12, 15)
  4. questions (12.D.3a) (EPSTS12)
  5. Dreams of Flight: Air worksheet (13.B.3b)
  6. Moving Goods & People Through Space quiz (12.D.3a, 12.D.3b)


whole-group instruction, individual work, partner work


Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9
Leonardo daVinci’s contribution to flight and Plane/Glider Activity Timeline of Flight and Space White Wings Project White Wings Project The Longest Distance Explanation and How a Propeller works Controlled and Sustained Flight Space Race and Breaking the Sound Barrier Rocket Project Rocket Project



all project explanations and requirements are attached or in Aerospace binder


Day 1

1.Introduce course and grading

2.Discuss Leonard daVinci’s contributions to flight (use Power Point presentation)

3.Partners do daVinci activity

Day 2

1.Students continue to build their daVinci gliders

2.Students test fly their gliders

3.Discuss what worked and what didn’t

4.Students complete reflection sheet

Day 3

1.Pass out blank timeline of flight and space

2.Partners use the internet to complete the timeline

Day 4

1.Students finish the timeline of flight and space

2.Discuss the jump in progress from daVinci and the Wright Brothers

Day 5

1.Introduce theWhite Wingsproject

2.Assign planes to students

3.Partners begin researching their famous plane

Day 6

1.Partners continue to research their plane

Day 7

1.Partners continue to research their plane and create their poster

Day 8

1.Students begin to build their famous plane usingWhite Wingsblue prints and assembly instructions

Day 9

1.Students finish their famous planes and posters

2.Students present their planes

Day 10

1.Students go to airplane.htm and complete worksheet on the Longest Distance Explanation and how a Propeller works

Day 11

1.Students continue answering questions for

2.Discuss what students have read

Day 12

1.WatchDreams of Flight: Air Video(Part 1: 12:05-27:00 & Part 2: 45:51-48:00)

2.Students answer questions during video

3.Discuss video

Day 13

1.Students read about and answer questions about the Space Race

2.Discuss the Space Race

3.Begin watchingDreams of Flight(Chapter 5)

Day 14

1.Finish watchingDreams of Flightvideo

2.Read Breaking the Sound Barrier with X-1 worksheet and discuss

Day 15

1.Introduce rocket project

2.Begin construction of rockets

3.Discuss propolsion, forces, drag and the center of gravity usingMoving Goods & People Through Spacebooklet

Day 16

1.Students continue to build rockets

Day 17

1.Students continue to build rockets


Day 18

1.Students continue to build rockets

2.Discuss safety during rocket launch

3.Launch rockets at Hamlin Park

4.Moving Goods & People Through Spacequiz