Welcome to TVO’s mPower! In this video, we are highlighting one of our creative online Grade 6 STEM Design Challenges, Flight Zone.
In this game, players apply their knowledge and understanding of the properties of flight to design an uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAV) that will deliver cargo to a designated drop zone.
Players apply number sense skills to monitor their budget as they design their UAV
As players design, they must consider the weight of the cargo, and the stats for each UAV component.
When the player is satisfied with their UAV design, they tap LAUNCH to test flight.
To fly, players tap the arrow keys to steer their UAV, watching out for towering terrain and airborne obstacles. Players fly to pick up cargo and steer towards drop zone.
Players use a map to guide their route.
Once the player designs a successful circuit, they are invited to give their UAV a title and to reflect on what they learned, their challenges, or what they would do differently next time. From My Gallery, players can then share their UAV with their peers in the Class Gallery.
From My Gallery, players can decide which designs they want to share in the Class Gallery. Here, players can provide feedback to each other by selecting from a set of emoticons.
At the end of the game, players are presented with the STEM Maker Challenge, Take Flight! Here they are challenged to design and build a solution to solve a consequence of aviation technology on society or the environment. This offers an opportunity for players to apply problem solving, creativity, and innovation to a hands on challenge! They then can share a picture of their engineering in the Community Gallery and receive feedback from peers.
By the end of the game, students should be able to:
- apply knowledge of number sense when designing a UAV; and
- apply knowledge of lift, thrust, drag, and weight to design a flying device.
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Until next time, mPower!