Learning Takes Flight

James Wilson Young Middle School eighth-grade technology students turned into airplane engineers recently during an interactive building project.
Using WhiteBox Learning software, the students worked in small teams to design, test and build glider airplanes. After learning about concepts such as thrust, drag, lift efficiency ratio and the theory of flight, the students constructed their gliders using computers. They tested the planes virtually, making adjustments along the way, before eventually printing the templates for their design.

After cutting out and assembling the planes, the students each had the chance to take them for a test flight in the school’s gym.

“This was a really fun project,” said student Sagar Makavana. “I really enjoyed using the virtual simulator and having the chance to make modifications before making the final plane.”