Flying Things

We all dream of flying.  Since we have had written history, we have examples of Man attempting to fly.  In this lesson, we will look at several different things that fly and why.  Then--in class--we are going to make some things of our own.  


Buoyancy

Buoyancy is a concept that is sometimes difficult for us to understand, but like most things in science, is really super easy.  Buoyancy is the force that allows things to float.  In the following lesson, you will see how bouyancy allows hot air balloons to float in the air.  After you have explored the following site, you will need to return here for the discussion questions:

Click here to get to Air Traveler's Buoyancy.


Kites

Some things fly because buoyancy allows them to "float" in the air.  Other things fly because the shape of the craft allows the air to create "lift".  Kites are one of these things.  Check out the following site to learn about the art of kite building:

Jason's Kite Site


Other Related Sites

The following sites are also cool and are related to physics and other things that may--or may not--fly:

Paper Airplanes

The Smithsonian Museum

Bill Nye, the Science Guy

Yahooligans


Project Constellation IconThis page created by Jeffrey Amerson [jamerson@cs.rice.edu]
Last updated on April 14, 1997

URL: http://cs.rice.edu/~jamerson/Lessons/flying.html

These pages were created as part of GirlTECH, a teacher training and student technology council program sponsored by the Center for Research on Parallel Computation (CRPC), a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center and Project Constellation , training teachers to integrate technology into classrooms.