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Since 700 B.C., flying discs have been making a name for themselves. In this high flying program, students zoom through the disc’s historic past while learning valuable physics concepts. While enjoying the fresh air, they investigate how discs are only able to fly because of spin (lift), angular momentum (thrust), shape (drag) and weight (gravity). With different shapes and sizes of flying objects, participants learn the most effective throwing, flying and catching techniques, gaining a crucial understanding of the four forces that affect all objects in flight.
During this 12-lesson program, learners capture a thorough knowledge of founding physics concepts, capping off the last day with an exciting game of STEM ultimate frisbee to test their newly acquired skills!
Students: Up to 30
Contact Hours: 12+
Curriculum Digital Download includes: Instructor Guide only, which includes master copies of all student pages.
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Nikki Yates is an Idaho native, raised in Lewiston. She attended the University of Idaho and received a BS in Environmental Policy and Planning before becoming an Environmental Education and Science Teacher at Nature’s Classroom in Colebrook, Connecticut. After a year of teaching, the world called her abroad so Nikki joined the Peace Corps as an Education Volunteer. She had the opportunity of being stationed in a rural village in Tanzania for 27 months where she taught biology and physics at an all-girls secondary school. During her time in Tanzania she was part of an organization known as “Shika an Mikono” which means, “to do with hands.” This program focuses on teaching students and instructors the benefit and simplicity of using hands-on teaching methods with inexpensive and local materials to enhance understanding. After relocating to Boise, Nikki served as the PCS Edventures Lab Director. She now teaches math and computer science at an alternative high school, where she continues to spread her passion for hands-on learning experiences!
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