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Challenge 3:
Let it Glide

Using the engineering design process, students will work in a team to design, develop, and build a shoebox glider and then improve it to produce the greatest glide slope (the ratio of distance traveled to decrease in altitude) possible. Things students should consider in their designs include aircraft and wing materials, shapes, and structure, as well as the weight of the vehicle.

Build a shoebox glider to produce the greatest glide slope.
Grade Level:
Time Required:
Approximately 12 – 20 Hours

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