Authentic Project Idea – Designing a Better Airplane

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Having recently flown on a Dreamliner (and that plane is a dream to fly in) I was thinking about how airplanes, especially the wings, have changed in the last few decades.  Wing-tips were added, and have changed several times. Why?

I thought this might be an interesting authentic investigation and project – doing research on why airplane and airplane wings have changed.  Students could design and present their ideas for improved airplanes.  Older students could focus on aerodynamics and airplane wings, new building materials used for planes, etc.  Younger students could focus on interior changes to the inside of planes.

*I fall into the “younger student” aka “I don’t understand aerodynamics” category!  My plane is going to have wider, more comfortable seats including armrests for each passenger – in coach class!  Only two seats per row on each side, so that you are not climbing over, or being climbed over when someone needs to get up.  Better food, more movies, the Ice Skating Network…

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