Project Description

Students design, build, and fly their very own quadcopters. They learn all about the science of flight as they build their drones to achieve compromises between speed, acrobatics, and stability. Students experiment with different materials to find one that is optimal for their project, learn about the electronics, and wire components together to get their drones airborne. This exercise in creativity and problem-solving skills reviews key science concepts. Students practice the art of flight and take home their very own drone.

Two boys working on flying a drone

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?

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Summary of Standards

GRADES 6-8
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.

Summary of Standards

GRADES 6-8
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.

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