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Our goal is to increase student proficiency with a specific Science Big Idea: Forces & Changes in Motion. Students will understand and be able to explain, using their personal experiences with indoor skydiving, how the application of a force affects the motion of an object. Students will also be able to explain that as a greater force is applied to an object, that object's change in motion is greater. Finally, students will be able to explain why they do not fly up to the ceiling in the indoor skydiving tube: because the force of gravity is equal to the force of upward forced air (the concept of balanced forces).

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The Forces & Motion at work in Skydiving

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School:
Campbell Park Elementary School 
Subject:
Science 
Teacher:
Kelly Trippett 
Students Impacted:
55 
Grade:
Date:
November 21, 2019

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Only $1,972.25 Needed

 

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Goal

Our goal is to increase student proficiency with a specific Science Big Idea: Forces & Changes in Motion. Students will understand and be able to explain, using their personal experiences with indoor skydiving, how the application of a force affects the motion of an object. Students will also be able to explain that as a greater force is applied to an object, that object's change in motion is greater. Finally, students will be able to explain why they do not fly up to the ceiling in the indoor skydiving tube: because the force of gravity is equal to the force of upward forced air (the concept of balanced forces).  

 

What will be done with my students

Students will visit the iFly indoor skydiving facility in Tampa to complete a STEM challenge with the facility staff. The STEM challenge typically involves observing how the skydiving tube affects the motion of balls of different diameters and masses. Then students work in groups to design a parachute for a ball which would allow the ball to stay afloat in the tube (and/or slow down its rate of descent). Finally, the field trip involves students actually getting to experience indoor skydiving by donning a "flight suit" and entering the tube! Students also leave the field trip with an iFly swag bag including a STEM/flight t-shirt to commemorate their visit.  

 

Benefits to my students

This field trip would allow all of my fifth grade students to have a shared experience from which they could draw as they continue to learn about and attempt to explain the concepts of forces, motion, and mass, and how balanced and unbalanced forces affect the movement of objects (including people). Culturally responsive teaching incorporates movement into student learning, and this field trip would certainly involve students moving!  

 

Describe the Students

We have 55 fifth graders at Campbell Park Elementary at this time, although our population changes day to day with students moving to new housing situations quite often. The vast majority of our students come from low socio-economic backgrounds, which has led our school to offer free breakfast and lunch to every child, every day. Our 5th graders, like many of our students in the lower grade levels, are very bright, but often lack the background knowledge and experience that helps them connect what they learn about in school to real-life situations and examples of science "in the real world."  

 

Budget Narrative

iFly provides a discounted rate to Title 1 (schools with a large majority of students from low-income families). The cost listed above is for 55 students to attend, and chaperones are free. The rate is $24.95 per student. The field trip is outside of Pinellas County, so private buses must be used for transportation. Pinellas County School Board has approved the use of Astro Skate buses for our students to travel outside the district. The cost listed above is an estimate based on past travel with the company and the number of students and adults who would need transportation aboard 2 buses.  

 

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# Item Cost
1 iFly field trip fees (55 students) $1,372.25
2 bus rental $600.00
  Total: $1,972.25

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