Hoop Glider Engineering can be a fun science activity for people of all ages. We provide these generalizations as guidelines about what children at different ages might do during Hoop Glider explorations at the Discovery Center’s Experiment Station, at home in your living room, or at school. Listed below are science and technology process skills that children may be practicing during their explorations. Please remember: each child develops at a different rate, so some children in each age group may be able to do some of the things described in the age group before or after their own.
We always encourage adults to make their own hoop glider and experiment with it!
Cross-generational experimenting can be a great way to involve both adults and children in the scientific process.
Adults can help young children get the most of this activity by assisting children as they make their own hoop glider, instead of making a hoop glider for them. Children will benefit most from the hoop glider engineering activity when they are allowed to complete as many of the steps toward making the glider as possible.
Adults can also play a vital role in helping children pause to consider the hoop gliders and experiments they design.
Ways to help: