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    Curriculum Materials

    Electric Cargo Airplane

    Curriculum Materials

    Electric-Cargo-Airplane-Curriculum-GuideElectric Cargo Airplane

    This interdisciplinary module challenges teams of students to build an airplane with maximum dimensions of 3' combined length, width, and height, around a specified DC motor, that can carry the maximum amount of cargo as it flies around a power pole that supplies electricity and mechanical support via a tether.

    The challenge reinforces many key concepts in elementary physics while demonstrating how engineers combine science, math, research, and experimentation to build a successful cargo plane. The capstone event, a fly-off between student teams to find whose plane can carry the most cargo, can be held in the classroom or a gym, or at an event sponsored by your local AIAA professional section.

    Download the curriculum materials , handouts and supply list so you will be ready to go when you get to the workshop. 






    Engineering Design Process

    State the Problem   •   Generate Ideas   •   Select a Solution

    Build the Item   •   Evaluate and Test   •   Refine   •   Present Results