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Fantastic Flight

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July 19, 2020

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July 30, 2020

How do things fly? What is Aerodynamics? Enjoy scientific experimentation related to the concepts of flight. Create and test a range of flight resources including parachutes, rockets, paper planes, choppers, flying foxes, slingshots, hot air balloons and delta darts. Activities could include but are not limited to frisbee, vortex, rocket and ball activities, kite making and flying, peg plane design and construction, and paper plane making.

If there is one thing humanity has longed to do since discovering fire, the wheel and sliced bread.... it is to fly!  From Jetpack Man flying around Dubai, to the magic of an Emirates A380 being able to move through the air with grace and ease, the art of flying is an extremely complex concept that we witness on a daily basis.  Through this challenge, children become more familiar with the science of flight and aerodynamics.  The first stages of this challenge are for children to review a range of examples of flight and their impacts on our life today.  What is the difference between passenger planes and fighter jets?  What makes a helicopter hover and a wing suit pilot control their speed?  Once this step is complete, children will be exposed to many different types of flight yet they will have to narrow down an area of study.  Once children have narrowed down the type of flight they would like to focus upon, the mentor will guide them through an inquiry process to gain more in depth knowledge related to their area.  How is the pilot able to create lift?  What are the different controls needed for flight?  Landing and taking off procedures? Weather dependencies? All of these areas will be explored in relation to the children's interest.  Once complete, children will attempt to create a model of the aircraft explaining the laws of aerodynamics and knowledge gained.  Once finished, this could be the beginning of a very "lofty" career in flight!