The science of flight

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The science of flight

Postby momo3boys » Fri Oct 06, 2006 2:28 pm

We unschool our science and My alomst 9 yo, son, who is very hard to get interested in science, wants to learn about planes. Any good ideas? We've read about the Wright brothers, but I'm looking for some hands-on, inexpensive things that he can do to really understand the science behind it.
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Postby Miyu » Fri Oct 06, 2006 3:40 pm

Check out this site:

http://www.cdli.ca/CITE/flightsc.htm


about 3/4 of the way down, there is a section on activities that kids can do...they look pretty good at first glance...there are also teacher's resources at the bottom of the page...

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Postby momo3boys » Fri Oct 06, 2006 4:51 pm

Great Site! I love the experiments and I'm sure my DS will too.
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Postby Lenethren » Fri Oct 06, 2006 11:48 pm

Thanks for that link.
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Postby Aspie » Thu Oct 26, 2006 8:53 pm

Actually, I think I might know where to get hold of someone who knows a lot about planes if you'd like me to try?

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Postby MNKristy » Fri Oct 27, 2006 6:57 am

Just what I needed...thanks! My son just asked me yesterday if we could study about airplanes. This is just what I needed.
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Postby Aspie » Fri Oct 27, 2006 12:29 pm

MNKristy wrote:Just what I needed...thanks! My son just asked me yesterday if we could study about airplanes. This is just what I needed.

I believe I may be able get hold of someone who is obessed with planes, if you don't mind rambling. Let me know, kay?

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Postby Janet Tatman » Fri Oct 27, 2006 1:46 pm

My husband loved birds of prey and flight and instilled a love of them into our children - we spent the money to take them up in a small, private plane for a flight - expensive, but it left an impression.

Also, to truly understand design with lift/drag ratios, etc. we built gliders out of balsa wood or styrofoam and flew them off the top of our barn.

Also, powered flight lovers may want to built a radio controled model planes or helicopters.
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Postby Mark » Tue Dec 12, 2006 8:12 pm

those are excellent suggestions Janet,

I think I'll put them into action for the coming school session this
Spring. :)

The real shame is that I missed this earlier in the year. :)


Hey Aspie... rambling on about planes is a good thing too.. :)
there is a lot of ground to cover in the subject of flight.
From natural to gliders to motorized to rotary...


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Postby Aspie » Wed Dec 13, 2006 3:49 pm

Mark wrote:Hey Aspie... rambling on about planes is a good thing too.. :)
there is a lot of ground to cover in the subject of flight.
From natural to gliders to motorized to rotary...

Yes, the people I know could probably make a ramble for each bolt.

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Postby cdprop » Wed Feb 21, 2007 4:59 pm

I have an idea that might make a cool experiment. If you take a fan that is reasonably well-powered, you use it as sort of a wind tunnel. Then, you can take styrofoam and make different shapes with it, to see which shapes provide the most lift.

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Postby keptwoman » Sat Apr 14, 2007 4:05 am

Hi, my son also wanted to learn about flight and I didn't really know where to start.
I have purchased a Hands of a Child flight lapbooking kit to guide me, after having a quick look through it, it doesn't give me the answers but it does at least provide me with a format and a list of things that we should look at.
History of flight
Biography on the Wright brothers there is actually a guy in New Zealand who is believed to have flown before the Wrights, so we will study him too. http://www.nzedge.com/heroes/pearse.html
The main parts of an airplane that aid flight
The aerodynamic forces involved
A paper airplane experiment.

It all looks reasonable to me, I just need to get my behind to the library to get out some books because we begin on Monday :shock:
Sandra, Homeschooling Mum in Australia

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Postby Mark » Sat Apr 14, 2007 8:10 pm

then ya better hurry.. :)

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Postby jessgray » Sun Apr 15, 2007 12:54 am

you could tie gravity into learning about flight too :D just a thought.
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Postby acanais39 » Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:05 am

Janet Tatman wrote:My husband loved birds of prey and flight and instilled a love of them into our children - we spent the money to take them up in a small, private plane for a flight - expensive, but it left an impression.

Also, to truly understand design with lift/drag ratios mutuelles TNS, etc. we built gliders out of balsa wood or styrofoam and flew them off the top of our barn.

Also, powered flight lovers may want to built a radio controled model planes or helicopters.

Moi aussi j'adore les oiseaux mais mon perroquet est mort il y a 1 an et depuis je n'en ai plus acheté.


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