Classroom teacher introduces the FPG-9 glider to elementary students

Jim Voland, teacher for gifted elementary education students, uses the FPG-9 Glider to introduce students to aeronautics, measuring and recording data, histograms, and frequency tables.


The Foam Plate Glider is created from a 9-inch diameter plate (FPG-9), and available in most grocery and convenience stores. It can be used for an engaging and safe exploratory activity to excite students and deepen their understanding about science and the physics of flight. The activity introduces concepts about air pressure, drag and how aircraft use control surfaces to climb, turn and maintain stable flight. For more information about the FPG-9 glider activity, visit






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