Students learn how moving objects are designed, developed, tested, and manufactured. They also observe and understand how the four aerodynamic forces Â— weight, lift, drag, and gravity Â— are affected by temperature, pressure, and humidity. In fact, students collect and measure this atmospheric data themselves. Through other experiments, students use a wind tunnel to measure the forces of air on different shapes.
Advanced principles of aerodynamics are covered in later segments of this module. Students also design airfoils and measure the effects of drag, lift, and velocity on their creations. This and other experiments also promote skills in examination, analysis, and troubleshooting. In addition, students learn about careers where they can apply their newly developed knowledge and abilities.