Lesson Takes Flight at Imperial Estates Elementary

By  //  January 19, 2013

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Sheriff's Helicopter Part Of Presentation

A Brevard County Sheriff’s Department Aviation Unit helicopter will be giving students at Imperial Estates Elementary School in Titusville a demonstration on Tuesday. (Image by John M. Egan)

BREVARD COUNTY • TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA – Classroom instruction will be heading into the wild blue yonder Tuesday for students at Imperial Estates Elementary School, in Titusville.

Starting at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, a Brevard County Sheriff’s Department helicopter will be landing at Imperial Estates for a presentation where students will be given a question-and-answer session with the pilot.

This will be the culmination of a project based inquiry unit that fourth- through sixth-grade students in Megan Keen’s and Teresa Rowe’s classes have been participating called “Forces and Changes in Motion.”

The assignment challenged students to create paper airplanes in cooperative groups and discuss among themselves the effects of push, pull, friction, gravity, and magnetic force.

Students were tasked with completing a mock simulation using paper airplanes and will receive a real-world application of forces and motion as demonstrated by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit.

The students will have an opportunity to go beyond the normal hands-on science experiences conducted in a classroom, through observation of an actual aircraft landing at the school.