Sunday, October 3, 2010
Flight - Our Theme for October
The transition from the Renaissance to Flight is a surprisingly smooth one -- of course, man has looked up to the sky and wished to fly since time began. Leonardo da Vinci was one of the earliest engineers who drew flying machines and dreamed of being able to soar through the air - and that was over four hundred years before manned flight became a reality.
We will learn more about early dreamers and aviators - but our main emphasis this month will be on the science of flight. Helicopters, airplanes, kites and parachutes will be made and put to the test in various experiments. We will learn and experience terms like drag, lift and thrust. We will investigate Bernoulli's principle, which helps explain that an aircraft can achieve lift because of the shape of its wings. Math concepts will be practiced as we measure how far various aircrafts have gone.