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momo3boys
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2006 2:28 pm    Post subject: The science of flight Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2006 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2006 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great Site! I love the experiments and I'm sure my DS will too.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2006 11:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that link.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2006 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2006 6:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2006 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2006 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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Mark
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2006 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

those are excellent suggestions Janet,

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

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


Hey Aspie... rambling on about planes is a good thing too.. Smile
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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PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 2006 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mark wrote:
Hey Aspie... rambling on about planes is a good thing too.. Smile
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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PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2007 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2007 4:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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 Shocked
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2007 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

then ya better hurry.. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2007 12:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

you could tie gravity into learning about flight too Very Happy just a thought.
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