How do aircraft fly? Through interactive demonstrations and hands-on experiments, students learn about the properties of air and the four key forces that get an airplane into the air and help keep it there.
In this program, your students will conduct experiments exploring the properties of air, as they discover the four forces of flight. During an interactive, guided tour of the museum’s aircraft, students will observe and discuss shape, size, and choice of materials.
Students will examine the design of wings, engines, and propellers, then determine how these elements might affect the four forces of flight, as well as how the aircraft could be used. Students will also sit in the cockpit of the museum’s Cessna 150. As they operate the controls, they will learn about the various control surfaces, and how they affect the airplane. In addition, students will build and test paper gliders.
|Grade 6||Science and Technology — Understanding Structures and Mechanisms||Elementary Cycle 1||Science and Technology — Material World|
|Elementary Cycle 2||Science and Technology — Material World|
$7 per student, chaperones free (minimum fee of $140; maximum 28 students)
Includes Museum admission.