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Learning objects Glide: take a flight


Launch a hang-glider and fly it towards a target zone. Adjust the angle of attack, and steer left or right. Find updrafts and thermals to gain altitude. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students explore how various atmospheric and geographic conditions affect unpowered flight.
Educational value
  • Enables students to launch and fly a simulated hang-glider over a landscape with thermals and updrafts.
  • Provides a quiz for students to test their knowledge of hang-gliding.
  • Allows students to adjust the angles of attack and steer left or right.
  • Provides information on the flight performance with tips on how it can be improved.
  • Provides information on steering and staying in the air.
  • 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;
    • 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:
    • Technical implementer
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 28 Jan 2014
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
    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.