This educational web site is designed for classroom use by teachers and students in Kindergarten through grade 4. It is also designed for homeschool use, and for use by those who are interested learning more about rotorcraft. The web site is actually an on-line, interactive book about one girl's visit with her mother to the rotorcraft research center at which her mother works (using a take your daughter to work scenario). While shadowing her mother at work, Robin Whirlybird learns about the kind of work being done at a NASA Rotorcraft facility. She also learns about the structure and function of different types of rotorcraft and about the science of flight as it pertains to rotorcraft.

This educator guide includes the activities:

*What is a Model? *How to Rotorcraft Fly? *How do Rotors Make Lift? *Rotorcraft Flight *Rotor Blade Shape and Flight *Long and Short Rotor Blades *Rotor Blade Weight and Flight *The Rotorcraft Challenge *Correlation to Educational Standards

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What is a Model?

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As part of the Robin Whirlybird Educator Guide, developed by NASA, students investigate the difference between toys, miniature replicas and scientific models. They learn that scientists and engineers use scientific models to understand how things work.
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How do Rotorcraft Fly?

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As part of the Robin Whirlybird Educator Guide, developed by NASA, students choose a model and use it to explore rotorcraft flight. They use a “fair test” and conclude that a spinning rotor is required for a rotorcraft to fly.
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How do Rotors Make Lift?

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As part of the Robin Whirlybird Educator Guide, developed by NASA, students learn that air takes up space and that a spinning rotor affects the air and generates lift for rotorcraft.
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Rotorcraft Flight

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As part of the Robin Whirlybird Educator Guide, developed by NASA, students use appropriate terminology to describe the various stages of flight and discover that the lift force changes with the amount of air moved by the rotor blades.
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As part of the Robin Whirlybird Educator Guide, developed by NASA, students investigate how a change in the shape of rotor blades affects the amount of lift they generate.
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As part of the Robin Whirlybird Educator Guide, developed by NASA, students investigate how a rotor blade’s length affects the amount of lift it generates.
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As part of the Robin Whirlybird Educator Guide, developed by NASA, students investigate how a rotor blades' weight affects its ability to generate lift.
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The Rotorcraft Challenge

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As part of the Robin Whirlybird Educator Guide, developed by NASA, students investigate how a rotor blades' weight affects its ability to generate lift.
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Introduction This educational web site is designed for classroom use by teachers and students in Kindergarten through grade 4. It is also designed for homeschool use, and for use by those who are interested learning more about rotorcraft. The web site is actually an on-line, interactive book about one girl's visit with her mother to the rotorcraft research center at which her mother works (using a take your daughter to work scenario). While shadowing her mother at work, Robin Whirlybird learns about the kind of work being done at a NASA Rotorcraft facility. She also learns about the structure and function of different types of rotorcraft and about the science of flight as it pertains to rotorcraft.
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