How do things fly?  What are the forces of flight?  How do aircraft work?  We believe in learning by doing, so through interactive demonstrations and hands-on craft activities, the science will be explained!  This is one of our favourite topics, unravelling the mysteries of flight in an easy to understand and fun way.

We cover:

  • Lift
  • Gravity
  • Thrust
  • Drag
  • Aerodynamics
  • Engineering and Technology

The great thing about having a fully interactive model, with working control surfaces, is that the audience can feel the shape of the wing, move the rudder, elevator and ailerons, spin the propeller, even change the pitch of the prop blades!

Each force of flight is looked at, the audience participates in practical demonstrations. For example. Lift is created in 3 main ways, so we use scooters and sharks, fish and river beds, straws and cups to demonstrate in a fun, practical and memorable way, the principles of the Coanda Effect, Bernoulli, and Newton’s Third Law of Motion!

The great thing about this system is that explains what could be really complicated theorem in a great and engaging way. It even works well with older audiences, all we do is increase the complexity of the language used and go into the physics and maths in a bit more detail.

For secondary schools and beyond we can go into the calculations into how large “Dumbo’s” ears really would have to be, to make an elephant fly! Hint: A lot larger!