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Right Flying

Right Flying is a project where students work collaboratively online and is targeted for elementary and middle school classes. A second session began with students on February 15. It has not been refunded for this year.

Before you ask, "Why should I consider doing a collaborative project?" Read this:

Characteristics of Online Collaborative Projects

    1. Engage students and educators in exploring science and engineering concepts.

    2. Promote in-depth study of scientific and engineering problems and challenges through collaborative problem solving.

    3. Enhance communication and higher-level thinking skills though consensus reaching between participating classes.

    4. Interaction among participating classes is facilitated by electronic mail lists and the web. Participation is open to all interested classes within the appropriate grade level range.

    5. Online mentoring and participation by NASA experts, experienced educators, and special guests furthers the understanding of scientific and engineering concepts.

    6. Collaborative projects result in a culminating activity in which students share project end products online.

Please join us for this online festival of learning. Many of the teachers participating are new to this sort of thing.


Right Flying online collaborative activity

Imagine students solving aeronautical puzzles through teamwork and testing, brainstorming and sharing design models, and building and problem solving with other students across the country. This is the basis for Right Flying. Students parallel the scientific and engineering process used by Orville and Wilbur Wright as they determine the best glider design which results in the longest and most stable flight.

Using a glider template with inherent design flaws, students will discover the importance of testing variables through hands-on glider building, test flights, and data recording. Classes will share their results via an online forum hosted by experienced classroom teachers and guest experts.

How are students testing their designs? What aspects of the flawed design should be changed? Are they be able to defend their new design? Can others test the design and receive consistent results?

Join the Right Flying online collaborative activity and find out!

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