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Team Members and their Roles

1. Roles: Pilot, Copilot, Mission Control Center, and Mission Specialist
2. If there is a group with only 3 people, have one person be both Mission Control Center and the mission specialist.

  • Pilot - The pilot sits at the end of the runway and holds the "control stick" to position the fishing line so that it is centered down the middle of the runway. It is also necessary to cooperate with the copilot in checking the fishing line connections at both the "control stick" end and the higher end, as well as the tension of the fishing line. The pilot maneuvers the "control stick" to guide the glider in for a smooth landing.

    copilot's position

  • Copilot - The copilot is in charge of preparing the glider for flight. This person should cooperate with the pilot in checking the fishing line connections at both the "control stick" end and the higher end as well as checking the tension of the fishing line.




    measuring glider's vertical distance to
ground After "hooking" the paper clip, from the glider, onto the fishing line at the "measuring point", the copilot holds the top end of the tape measure or ruler at the tip of the glider's nose, so that the mission specialist can find the Height of the Glider from the ground. Once measurements have been taken, the copilot continues to hold the glider at the "measuring point" until given clearance from Mission Control Center to unhook the glider for landing.

  • Mission Control Center (MCC) - This person must double check everyone's duties:
      --be sure the pilot
      • is positioned correctly
      • has checked the fishing line connections and tension
      • is prepared to "fly" the glider
      --be sure the copilot
      • has checked the fishing line connections and the tension
      • has correctly prepared the glider for flight
      --be sure the mission specialist
      • has the necessary equipment to collect data on glide slope, flight time, and flight distance

    Mission Control Center is the only person who can give the clearance signal - "cleared to land" - that allows the copilot and pilot to initiate the landing sequence. (The clearance signal could be a countdown such as "3-2-1-Cleared for Landing!" or simply "Ready-Set-Go!")

  • Mission Specialist - This person has the duty of recording the data from the flight.
    Data must be collected on:
      --Height of glider from ground (using tape measure or yardstick)
      --Total distance to touchdown point (using tape measure or yardstick)
      --Slope (using calculator to determine decimal equivalent)
      --Glide Slope (using Table for Determining Glide Slope)
      --Flight Time (using watch or clock with second-hand)
      --Speed (using data from Total Distance and Flight Time)

    Be sure the specialist has a pencil and the Landing Data Collection Sheet.

  • 3. Each team member is responsible for:

    --Reading the Student Reading
    --Reading the Vocabulary List
    --Building the glider
    --Knowing the responsibilities of each different position
    --Assisting in the landing procedure
    --Completing the Math Worksheet of Prerequisite Knowledge
    --Helping to compute glide slope, flight time, and speed
    --Creating the scatter plot
    --Helping to clean-up

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