Project Description

Take flight with STEAM Project-based Learning! Students decorate, build, and fly their very own quadcopters. Students work together to investigate the interaction of lift and weight in a controlled experiment. Along the way they learn about forces, electricity, voltage, graphing findings, and how to problem-solve technical difficulties.

Key Concepts

Battery discharge behavior, Drone, Flight control board, Forces, Lift, LiPo battery, Motor, Newton’s Third Law, Propeller, Roll, Throttle, Transmitter, Yaw

Essential Question

How can we explore and investigate the forces that affect drone flight?

Preview our STEAM curriculum with the TinkRsynth Lesson Sampler (Grades 6-8).


Summary of Standards


Common Core ELA
Students will learn new content-specific vocabulary, engage in collaborative discussions, compose text to examine a topic and convey ideas, and pose and respond to specific questions with elaboration.

Common Core Math
Students will summarize numerical data sets in relation to their context, display numerical data, and informally assess the degree of visual overlap of two numerical data distributions with similar variabilities.

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
Students will plan an investigation to provide evidence that the change in an objects motion depends on the sum of the forces of the object and the mass of the object. They will explore forces and motion, analyze and interpret data, and use mathematics and computational thinking.

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)
Students will participate in student-led discussions by eliciting and considering suggestions from other group members, taking notes, and identifying points of agreement and disagreement. They will make inferences and use evidence to support understanding. Students will represent and interpret numerical data.

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