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::: DiscoverHover Curriculum Guides

The DiscoverHover team of educators and consultants is currently finalizing a comprehensive set of Curriculum Guides, Lesson Plans and supporting materials for educators. (See samples below). As materials are completed, they can be seen here.

All DiscoverHover educational materials are designed to conform to the US National Science Education Standards. They are being developed by the DiscoverHover Advisory Board in conjunction with leading educators and hovercraft experts from throughout United States and Canada. As additional nations participate in DiscoverHover, we will continually update our instructional materials to reflect the curriculum standards for each nation.

The sample Curriculum Guides below were developed and reviewed by the following:

  • James E. Benini, Original Lead Author
  • James C. Wallace II, DiscoverHover Education Director
  • Dr. Michael McInerney, Professor of Physics, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, the top-rated engineering school in the United States
  • Brian Hirsch, DiscoverHover Physics Consultant, a Rose-Hulman graduate;
  • Mike Dason and Marcus Songer, technology instructors, Vigo County Schools, Terre Haute, Indiana
  • Chris Fitzgerald, Editor

These samples are directed to university level students. Ultimately, all DiscoverHover educational materials will be available for all age levels and in the languages of participating nations.

Curriculum Guide 1: What is a Hovercraft and How Does it Work?

Curriculum Guide 2: Velocity and Acceleration

Curriculum Guide 3: Newton's Laws of Motion

Curriculum Guide 4: Why a Hovercraft Hovers: Pressure and Lift

Curriculum Guide 5: Why a Hovercraft Works: Buoyancy

Curriculum Guide 6: Drag

Curriculum Guide 7: Thrust, Measuring Thrust

Curriculum Guide 8: Bernoulli's Principle and the Coanda Effect

Curriculum Guide 9: Torque

Curriculum Guide 10: Gear Ratio

Curriculum Guide 11: Torque, Work, and Power

Curriculum Guide 12: Control

Curriculum Guide 13: Momentum

Curriculum Guide 14: Kinetic and Potential Energy

Curriculum Guide 15: Electric Charges and Forces

Vocabulary List

Unit Conversion Sheet

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