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Flight

Flight

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.

Program Description

In Flight, students conduct experiments about the properties of air and discover the four forces of flight.

During an interactive guided tour of the collection, students observe and discuss aircraft shape, size, and choice of materials. They also examine the design of wings, engines, and propellers, and explore how these elements affect the four forces of flight and the aircraft’s purpose.

Students also sit in the cockpit of the Museum’s Cessna 150. As they operate the controls, they learn about the various control surfaces and how they affect the aircraft. They also build and test paper gliders.

Ontario Curriculum Links

Grade 6

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: Understanding Structures and Mechanisms

  • Flight
    • 1.1 Assess the benefits and costs of aviation technology for society and the environment, taking different social and economic perspectives into account.
    • 2.2 Use scientific inquiry / experimentation skills to investigate the properties of air (e.g., air takes up space, has mass, can be compressed).
    • 2.4 Use technological problem-solving skills to design, build, and test a flying device (e.g., a kite, a paper airplane, a hot air balloon).
    • 3.1 Identify the properties of air that make flight possible (e.g., air takes up space, has mass, expands, can exert a force when compressed).
    • 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, drag, and thrust that are required for flight.
    • 3.5 Describe ways in which flying devices or living things use unbalanced forces to control their flight.
    • 3.6 Describe ways in which the four forces of flight can be altered.

Quebec Curriculum Links

Elementary Cycle Two

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY : Material World

  • Properties and Characteristics of Matter in Different States
    • Mass and weight
  • Systems and Interaction
    • Transportation technology
  • Techniques and Instrumentation
    • Design and manufacture of instruments, tools, machines, structures, devices, models and simple circuits

Elementary Cycle Three

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY : Material World

  • Forces and Motion
    • Pressure (e.g., pressure in a balloon, airplane wing)
  • Systems and Interaction
    • Transportation technology
  • Techniques and Instrumentation
    • Design and manufacture of instruments, tools, machines, structures, devices, models and simple circuits

Teacher Tips

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Fees

$6 per student, chaperones free (minimum fee of $120; maximum 28 students)
All fees include applicable taxes and are subject to change without notice.

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