Flight: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane …

December 2013 mini-session
11:00 – 12:00
ages 8+

In this study group, we’ll look at the mechanics of flight through bird anatomy. How did inventors of flying machines gain their inspiration from the way birds’ wings are designed? How do the principles of flight apply to feathers, wing shape and other features of birds?

Through hands-on experimentation and observations, we’ll piece together how birds fly much like the inventors of flying machines did, and gain a new understanding and appreciation for the mystery of flight.

Designed for children who can:

  • work independently to use the scientific method of investigation
  • use age-appropriate motor control to design effective flying machines with paper, scissors and other materials
  • follow directions
  • work in a pair or a small group
  • understand and make connections based on the principles of flight
  • respectfully and thoughtfully discuss the connections between birds and flying machines

Materials fee = approximately $6 per child to be paid directly to the instructor on the first day of the session