This week we had a blast in our Makerspace. Our makers learned about The Solar System. We used a thinking map to note what we already knew about Space and The Solar System. Words such as; orbit, planets. constellations, sun, moon, stars, Neptune, Mars, Uranus, Jupiter, Pluto, Earth, were written on our map and were used as a platform to extend on and discuss this in further detail. We watched a cool video and we learned some important characteristics of each one of the planets and their position in the solar system.
In addition, we had lengthy discussions about airplanes and how they fly. A plane's engines are designed to move it forward at high speed. That makes air flow rapidly over the wings, which throw the air down toward the ground, generating an upward force called lift that overcomes the plane's weight and holds it in the sky. The wings force the air downward and that pushes the plane upward. We made a paper glider, or paper airplane and attempted to make the world’s fastest paper airplane. We then tested our airplanes and determined which airplane flew the longest distance and which flew the shortest.