Adventure: Worries on the Wall

Quest: Flight of Fancy

Engineering Concept: Aerodynamics

Challenge Level: Easy


What is the problem?

After Flynn delivered the samples to the scientist in the last quest, she decided to go sightseeing on the top of the Great Wall of China, but she accidentally stayed past closing time. The security team at the wall blocked off the stairway, so Flynn has to find a different way to get down from the wall and get back to her parents’ hotel. She needs help, and a solution to get her down from the wall safely.

How will the students help?

In the first segment, Flynn will ask the participants to creatively solve the problem by planning out how they will use the household materials required to build a solution. Students are encouraged to build a prototype in this segment.

In the second segment, students will research aerodynamics to understand how it relates to the problem Flynn is facing. They will be asked to answer open-ended research questions using research links provided by Growin’GEERS and additional research they do on their own.

In the third segment, students will rebuild their initial design based on what they learned in the second segment. They will be asked to create a new plan for how they will use their materials. Once their solution is complete, there will be a Test for Success to see if their solution passes.

What will the participants learn?

  • Aerodynamics

  • Weight, lift, drag, and thrust

  • How aeronautical engineers apply those concepts

  • What aeronautical engineers do

  • Chinese geography

  • Why teamwork is important

  • Why it is okay to fail

What do I need to complete the quest?

  1. Access to a computer to watch the videos and research the concepts

  2. Ability to print the GEERling worksheets for students to plan their design and answer the research questions

  3. Household materials needed to complete the hands-on component

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