Learning objects Glide: customise your hang-glider


Adjust a hang-glider and get it ready for take-off. Explore relationships between key variables: wingspan, camber and pilot's weight. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students select physical dimensions of a hang-glider to optimise its flight performance.
Educational value
  • Provides information about pilot weight, wingspan and camber of a hang-glider.
  • Enables the student to select the pilot's weight and adjust a simulated hang-glider's wingspan and camber.
  • Shows a simulation of the customised hang-glider taking off and gliding for a distance determined by student choices.
  • Provides results comparing the distance the student's hang-glider achieved with the world record.
  • Encourages the student to improve their hang-glider's flight performance by modifying the variables.
  • Provides information on drag and taking off.
  • Provides much of the information as voice-over.
Year level

7; 8

Learning area
  • science
  • Science/Physical sciences
  • Science/Science inquiry skills
  • Science/Science understanding
    • Science/Materials
    • Science/Motion
    • Science/Convection
    • Science/Atmosphere
    • Analysis;
    • Application;
    • Comprehension;
    • Knowledge
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Subject matter expert
    • Organisation: Department of Education, Tasmania; e-magine Centre of Excellence in Online Learning
    • Address: Hobart TAS 7000 Australia
    • URL: http://www.education.tas.gov.au/
    • Technical implementer
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 28 Jan 2014
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au
    Access profile
    • Device independence
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows)
    • Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    Platform requirements
    • Initial load time and load time on some screens may exceed 10 seconds on a dedicated 64kbps connection due to the use of rich media content. Keyboard functionality may also be affected by slow load times.
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.