Aerodynamic Challenge

by Eve Hungerford, 9th grade (at the time)

IED Volume1_Issue1In engineering, we’ve done a hand full of activities so far, and one that stood out to me was the Aerodynamics Distance Instant Challenge. The assignment was that Ms.Gilbreath gave us certain materials and we had to make something that could fly be itself. We all were in groups of four or five, and had a certain amount of time to brainstorm, design, and construct it. I liked this activity because I love instant challenges and it’s very interesting to see what other people come up with. My initial thought was to make a ball as heavy as we could, yet still aerodynamic, and throw it. The rest of my group wanted to be more technical and structural. Most groups just made a fancy paper airplane, and that’s what we started doing also. Well, that idea didn’t go as planned and no improvements we thought of would fix it, so we made my idea as a last resort. We got the other piece of paper we hadn’t used, wadded it up, shoved some paper clips in it, and wrapped our two rubber bands around it. By the time we were done, my whole group was confident ours would go the farthest, and it did. Bill Gates once said,” I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.” Sometimes the simplest solution can be the most effective.


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