Home Learning iSTEAM Challenge: Week 3

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On December 17, 1903, in North Carolina, Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first successful flight in history of a self-propelled, heavier-than-air aircraft. Orville piloted the gasoline-powered, propeller-driven biplane, which stayed aloft for 12 seconds and covered 120 feet on its inaugural flight. (Source: https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-airplane-flies)

This week, the iSTEAM Team challenges you to create a paper airplane that can fly as far as possible. Below are the steps to accomplish this task. You may use any additional materials to create your paper airplane, as long as the airplane itself is made from paper.

Step 1: Research – Here are some videos that provide some information on how planes fly

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gg0TXNXgz-w
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFTHh-6jIT8

Step 2: Create a plan

  • Draw different designs of the type of paper airplane you’d like to build

Step 3: Create and Improve

  • Using your designs, create your paper airplanes
  • Test the paper airplanes and decide which is best to complete the goal, or improve the models by adjusting the paper airplane

Step 4: Test & Record

  • Throw your paper airplane 3 times, recording the distance each time
  • Submit your best score to Mme Shannon along with a photo of your paper airplane model

About The Author

My name is Shannon Neill and I am currently the Grade 1/2 teacher at AcadeCap. I began my teaching career in 2017 after graduating from McGill University with a Bachelor’s of Education, specialized in French Immersion Pedagogy. Since my first year of teaching, I have been working with Grade 1 and 2 students, from Montreal, to Winnipeg, and now Ottawa, where I have been with AcadeCap since 2018. Working with students in Grade 1 and 2 is definitely something special. The students are curious, honest and so willing to learn and share - I consider myself pretty lucky to be able to learn from my students every day!

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