Just how do birds, insects and some mammals (bats, flying squirrels) do it? How do they conquer gravity and soar through the air? In this fascinating program, learn about the basic principles of natural flight. Find out how a bird’s wing is structured, how bumblebees hover and flying squirrels glide. Role-play the different flight techniques of hawks and songbirds. We’ll also study how other living organisms such as spiders, caterpillars and even seeds make use of air currents to move from one location to another. An informative and interactive introduction to flight!
Season Availability: Fall, Winter, Spring
Grade 6 : Science Curriculum Links *
Understanding Structures and Mechanisms: Flight
2. investigate ways in which flying devices make use of properties of air;
3. explain ways in which properties of air can be applied to the principles of flight and flying devices.
2.1 follow established safety procedures for using tools and materials and operating flying devices
2.2 use scientific inquiry/experimentation skills (see page 12) to investigate the properties of air
2.3 investigate characteristics and adaptations that enable living things to fly
2.4 use technological problem-solving skills (see page 16) to design, build, and test a flying device
2.5 use appropriate science and technology vocabulary, including aerodynamics, compress, flight, glide, propel, drag, thrust, and lift, in oral and written communication
3.1 identify the properties of air that make flight possible
3.3 identify and describe the four forces of flight – lift, weight, drag, and thrust
3.4 describe, in qualitative terms, the relationships between the forces of lift, weight, thrust, and drag that are required for flight