In this activity teams design, build, and test paper helicopters to observe a relationship between blade surface area and descent rate.
Real World Science Topics:
- An exploration of the relationship between surface area and friction
- An exploration of the forces and motion associated with an object in free fall
Students will gain an understanding of the relationship between surface area and descent rate for a helicopter. They also develop an understanding of the forces that affect the motion of a falling object.
Activity Difficulty Rating: 2
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