A shuttle launch!!!!
As the fall semester of 2010 comes to a close, the SUNY adolescent education science students meet with local middle school students to accomplish a feat even NASA could not manage this fall. A shuttle launch!!!! Yes indeed, these middle school students built their own shuttles out of cardstock paper, tape and staples proving, once again, that cheaper is sometimes better.
The object of the investigation was to construct a working paper model of the space shuttle and then determine how it could be “launched” to travel from point A to point B, AND land on a specified surface without falling off. Did they manage this? YES! After several tries with various ‘flight’ lines and angled trajectories, every student managed to land on specified targets, proving that even a middle school student can work out complicated flight systems including landing the space shuttle safely on Earth.