My 4th and 5th grade Aeronautics Club members recently visited the Lockheed Martin facility here in Orlando in celebration of national Engineers Week. We were invited to compete as the only elementary school against Middle and High School students in a competition called SeeJoeGo. We were to build a 24 inch glider that would hold a five inch GI Joe figurine launched by rubber band off a table. The object was to see which glider would fly the farthest. We built and brought five gliders to the event.
Amazingly, our gliders out flew all of the competition and we swept 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards! Our students had an incredible understanding of lift, angle of attack, design components, and Bernoulli's Principle of lift.