Flying Disc

  • 595.00 USD
Lift. Thrust. Drag. Gravity!

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!

Grades: 6-8
Students: Up to 30
Contact Hours: 12+

Recommended Settings:

  • Summer camps
  • Elementary classrooms
  • After-school programs
  • Homeschool environments

Each Activity Includes:

  • Schedule
  • Materials List
  • Step-By-Step Activity Instructions
  • Topic Background Information & Vocabulary
  • Opening & Closing Discussion
  • Optional Extension Activites

Curriculum Topics:

  1. The History of the Flying Disc
  2. Flying Rings
  3. Origami Flying Discs
  4. Intro to Throwing and Catching Techniques
  5. Pivoting
  6. Statue Flying Disc
  7. Flying Tic Tac Toe
  8. Disc Golf
  9. Play Ultimate Disc
  10. Play "Guts"
  11. Ultimate Tournament
  12. Ultimate Tournament

Product Orientation:

    • Half hour free webinar orientation for purchases of $500+
    • One hour free webinar orientation for purchases of $1000+
    • Additional training available for purchase

    Complete Program Includes:

      • Instructor Guide: 1
      • Curriculum Digital Download: 1
      • Boomerangs: 5
      • Flying Cylinders: 5
      • Flying Discs: 15
      • Flying Rings: 5
      • Masking tape (69 yd): 2
      • Paper plates: 75
      • Plastic Cones (12 ct): 1
      • Scissors: 15
      • Storage container: 1
      • White paper: 500 sheets

      Curriculum Digital Download includes: Instructor Guide only, which includes master copies of all student pages.

          Habits of Mind:

          • Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations
          • Creating, Imagining, Innovating
          • Gathering Data Through All The Senses
          • Managing Impulsivity
          • Persisting
          • Questioning and Posing Problems
          • Remaining Open to Continuous Learning
          • Responding with Wonderment and Awe
          • Striving for Accuracy
          • Taking Responsible Risks
          • Thinking and Communicating with Clarity and Precision
          • Thinking Flexibly
          • Thinking Interdependently

          21st Century Skills:

          • Communication and Collaboration
          • Creativity and Innovation
          • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
          • Flexibility and Adaptability
          • Initiative and Self-Direction
          • Productivity and Accountability
          • Social and Cross-Cultural Skills

          © 2018 Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21), All Rights Reserved. P21 was not involved in the production of this product and does not endorse it.

          Next Generation Science Standards*

          • NGSS MS-PS2-2 Plan an investigation to provide evidence that the change in an object's motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and mass of the object.
          • NGSS MS-PS3-5 Construct, use, and present arguments to support the claim that when the kinetic energy of an object changes, energy is transferred to or from the object.
          • NGSS MS‐ETS1‐1 Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
          • NGSS MS‐ETS1‐2 Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
          • NGSS MS‐ETS1‐3 Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.
          • NGSS MS‐ETS1‐4 Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.

          *NGSS is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards were involved in the production of this product, and do not endorse it.

          Nikki Yates

          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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