Riverside Middle School students are working toward an educational field trip to iFLY Indoor Skydiving after participating in their STEM program, which Michelle Mankiewicz will be teaching at their facility in Rosemont, Illinois.
The STEM program, along with the math lessons that Mankiewicz is teaching throughout the school year, align with the Common Core as well as the Next Generation Science Standards.
Each math lesson is differentiated to reach the ability levels and needs of all students, as will the lesson at iFLY.
STEM is an incentive to give students the opportunity to see how the science, technology and math that they are learning about now at an elementary level, in combination with engineering, is applied in the real world, exemplified with the construction and operation details of the wind tunnel, dynamics of body flight and completion of a wind tunnel related experiment.
Mankiewicz and Peter Watts, seventh-grade science teacher, are collaborating to design and deliver fun and educational lessons tailored to correspond with the iFLY STEM lesson.
The goal is to help students see how specific concepts in math and science apply to their real world experience at iFLY.
Concepts in both the lesson and experiment at iFLY as well as STEM lessons include force and air resistance, force and motion, pre-algebra, algebra and geometry math objectives, kinetic energy (airstream), fluids and solids, viscosity, static and dynamic pressure, aerodynamic drag, gravitational force versus drag force, surface area versus frontal area and air velocity.
Two generous donations were given by Tyjeski Family Chiropractic for $150 and from the parent-teacher organization for $500. A GoFundMe page was created by Mankiewicz to fund the remaining amount for the trip.
The field trip will be held May 11 at iFLY Indoor Skydiving in Rosemont, Illinois.