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Flight   Sep 18, 2007   2:00/1:00 MT/PT
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Visit The History of Flight's Kid's Page to discover how we learned to fly like the birds. NASA explores myths and legends, early efforts, engines, vocabulary and games. http://www.ueet.nasa.gov/StudentSite/historyofflight.html

Scientific American Frontiers Logo Flying free
 Meet Paul MacCready, a prize winning aviation engineer and airplane designer and learn about the first human powered plane.

Take a peek inside a jet engine where you'll find out about the inlet, compressor, combustor, turbine and nozzle. http://wings.avkids.com/Tours/Engine/

Paper Airplane Meet the man who holds the world record for paper airplane flight, and download designs for paper airplanes at http:// paperplane.org

Tennis RacquetDid you know that the principles of aerodynamics are at work in many sports? Learn more at: AERODYNAMICS IN SPORTS
Choose your own level, too! beginner intermediate or advanced http://wings.avkids.com/Tennis/Book/index.html

HelicopterDelve into the working of kites, blimps, gliders and more at Vehicles. The
images are also worth a visit http://wings.avkids.com/Book/Vehicles/gallery.html
If you think that Gliders are amazing then check
out the
Gliders site from Newton's Apple
You might also be interested in how aBoomerang flies, Frisbee
or even a

Now you might be ready to HANG GLIDE, or fly a JUMBO JET.


Insect Wings
Take a peek into the
mechanics (muscles) and aerodynamics of the smallest of flying animals at Insect flight


First Flight
This excellent site provides a fascinating history of
the Wright Brothers. http://www.fi.edu/flight/first/intro.html

This First Flight site also includes simulations.
http://firstflight.open.ac.uk/ History and simulations

Learn about women's role in aviation at Women in Aviation from Thinkquest. http://library.thinkquest.org/21229/
Take the Challenge and design your own aircraft. These design models might be a help.  http://www.fi.edu/flight/own2/challenge.html
JokesAttention joke-lovers! Laugh with these jokes about flight.
Plane Clipart

NASA's Learning Technologies Project and Cislunar Aerospace, Inc. sponsors a K - 8 Principles of Aeronautics website, Fundamentals of Flight with Beginner Intermediate and Advanced sections. Topics include: mythology, history, fundamentals of flight, vehicles, propulsion, structure, controls, animals. There is also a Spanish version. http://wings.avkids.com/Book/Fundamentals/instructor/index.html

NASA also sponsors several upper-level sites; Beginner's Guide to Aeronautics, and The 4 forces, complete with simulations. Follow this up with Student Activities made for: Beginner Intermediate and Advanced. http://www.lerc.nasa.gov/WWW/K-12/airplane/index.html

PBS LogoMeet a barnstormer, get acquainted with people to know and enjoy the WBGH and PBS and W.K. Kellogg Foundation production "American Experience WAYBACK, U.S. History for Kids FLIGHT." http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/kids/flight

Hot Air Balloon
The Franklin Institute's Flights of Inspiration website might be all you need to visit. It is very complete. The Teacher Zone  is a good place to begin.   Some of the activities you can find there include: Blowing on paper, Make a hot air-balloon,  Falling through water, Drag in the bathtub, and  More drag ideas .

The Exploratorium's Science Explorer has these activities for the budding aircraft designers:
, Spinning Blimp, Roto-copter
Take off to
the top of the page
Fly back to the Facts
Glide to the Glossary
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