ON THE FLY
by Cristina Veresan, Science Chairperson and Middle School Science Teacher
For this introductory STEM lab, middle school science teacher Cristina Veresan challenged sixth grade students to effectively manipulate variables in an investigation. In cooperative groups, students engineered a paper helicopter and then changed design elements such as weight or rotor length in order to measure the effect on flight time. Flight time data was then graphed and analyzed. Some students utilized their iPads to measure flight times, collect data, and capture photos and video.