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Classroom Activity Session 1 Challenge students with the key questions and discuss: Again using the Student Reading, have them discuss and compare some of the speeds and distances of the space shuttle to values that are more familiar to our lifestyles. Also review the Vocabulary List. Session 2 If time allows, explain to students the nature of the experiment with the shuttle glider so they know what to expect in the next two days. Show students a completed shuttle glider model and give them a sneak peek of the landing site. Session 3 Go over Space Shuttle Glider Activity  Student Information and Teacher Information Go over Instructions for Building the Space Shuttle
Glider. If students finish early, have them help you set up other landing sites around the room for Session 4's landings. (fishing line, sticks, masking tape) Session 4 Assign groups of 34 people. Hand out the Landing Data Collection Sheets (one per student) and have each student write their name in the Pilot box. Go over How to Compute Flight Time. Make other materials (tape measure, rulers, stop watches, calculators, etc.) available and allow them to perform their landings. Session 5 Go over How to Compute Glide Slope and How to Compute Average Speed. Hand out Table for Determining Glide Slope. Session 6 Hand out graph paper to allow each student to make their own scatter plot. Make a large size graph and have each student plot their own point onto the graph. Place glide slope measurements on the xaxis and speed measurements on the yaxis. Session 7 Discuss the results of the group as seen on the scatter plot. Is there a positive, a negative or no correlation between the two measurements? Have a student draw a line of best fit. Using this line, see if the students can: If students finish early, change the flight distance (fishing line) either shorter or longer, or move the runway, either towards the high end or towards the "control stick", to see if students can adjust the flight of the glider and still land successfully. Back to Teacher Overview Outline

