Student Mathematics Activity: Glide Slope
Teacher Overview Outline
- Classroom Activity
- Session 1
- Session 2
- Session 3
- Session 4
- Session 5
- Session 6
- Session 7
- Student Handouts
This activity is designed to introduce students to the concept
of glide slope, which is the angle that the U.S. Space Shuttle orbiter
approaches for landing upon return from space orbit. This five to
seven session activity is appropriate for students in grades 4-8.
The lesson consists of a hands-on math activity with worksheets
and photos depicting the experiment process.
Grade Levels: 4 - 8
Glide slope angle can be determined when the orbiter's nose is
Here is an example of the glide slope angle when the orbiter's
nose is pointing up.
The measurements shown are possible dimensions for the U.S. Space
Shuttle orbiter when it approaches for landing.