Nightingale Middle School

Project 9 - Helicopter

Project #9 (page173-180) – Helicopters   Due 5/13

Several metals, such as nickel, copper, and zinc are needed to build replacement parts for the computers. Unfortunately, all the roads were destroyed during a major earthquake. The only way to deliver these metals is to drop them from the air. You are a scientist working for the Pentagon’s DAM Department, Development Alloy Metals. Your jobs are to design and build helicopters in order to deliver these metals safely without damage. Due to budget cuts, the maximum mass of each helicopter and metal package must be no more than 20 grams. If you have any questions please proceed to project headquarters in room 374. Good Luck!

I. Objective: To design and build 3 helicopters with different number of blades such as, 2 blades, 3 blades, 4 blades, etc. using the concepts of Newton’s 2nd Law of Motion and air friction, to achieve maximum resistance in gravitational force.

II. Research on different designs of helicopters
III. Hypothesis
IV. Materials: 
1. Papers
2. Glue/tape
3. 3 pennies, 1 per helicopter
4. Scissors
5. Ruler

6. Timer

V. Requirements: 
1. You must have three helicopters.
2. The total mass of each of your helicopter and cargo must be no more than 20 grams.

VI. Grading:
1. To get an A your cargo must be able to land in the targeted area of about one meter squared.
2. To get a B your cargo missed the targeted area. 
3. You will get a C if your helicopters didn’t work.

VII. Procedure

How did you build your project? (Must have at least 5 steps)



IX. Graphs

X. Results

what went right?

what went wrong?

XI. Conclusion

XII. How did you feel about this project?

XIII. Answer the following questions.
1. What is the best time of your helicopter?
2. what is the mass of each of your helicopter?
3. What is the maximum distance each of your helicopter traveled?
4. What is the average speed of each of your helicopter?
5. What is the acceleration of each of your helicopter?
6. How much lifting force does each of your helicopter generate approximately?