Flight & Aerodynamics Camp-PCS edventures.com
Flight & Aerodynamics Camp-PCS edventures.com
Flight & Aerodynamics Camp-PCS edventures.com

Flight & Aerodynamics Camp

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Spring into action and snag our newest enrichment camp that enables students to explore the skies and learn some serious aerodynamics concepts. Flight and Aerodynamics Camp is full of hands-on projects with a myriad of flying machines: hot air balloons, parachutes, gliders, planes, helicopters and rockets! In addition, abstract physics concepts such as energy conservation, buoyancy and the four forces of flight come to life through experimentation and engineering design. The camp even explores the history of flight from ancient Chinese and Maori kites to da Vinci's flying machines and the Wright Brother's first plane.  Designed to be utilized with grades 4-6, Flight and Aerodynamics camp comes with supplies for 30 students but has very few consumables so it can be run over and over again! Broken up into 12 granular 1-hour activities, the camp is perfect for any educational environment.

Digital Download for Flight & Aerodynamics Camp only $129.00!

Grades: 4-6 Students: Up to 30 Contact Hours: 12+
Curriculum Sample

Recommended Settings: 

  • Summer camps
  • Elementary classrooms
  • After-school programs
  • Homeschool environments


  • Half hour free webinar training for purchases of $500+
  • One hour free webinar training for purchases of $1000+
  • Additional training available for purchase

    Flight and Aerodynamics Camp comes with an Instructor’s Manual, 30 printed sets of student curriculum pages, and all the supplies needed for 12 days of activities:

    • storage container (18 gal) - 1
    • pencils #2 - 24
    • paper clips - 200
    • wooden skewers 12" - 31
    • jumbo paper clips - 100
    • wooden skewers 8" - 31
    • paper plates - 10
    • Alka Seltzer tablets - 16
    • pennies - 100
    • balloon helicopters - 8
    • ping pong balls - 15
    • balloons - 50
    • plastic grocery bags - 24
    • sheets corrugated cardboards - 8
    • assorted rubber bands - 250
    • sheets green construction paper - 50
    • rubberband balsa planes - 8
    • craft sticks - 100
    • scissors - 16
    • plastic cups (8 oz) - 25
    • single hole punches - 4
    • dry erase markers - 16
    • plastic bottles - 8
    • heavy-duty dry erase page pockets - 16
    • rolls yellow duct tape - 2
    • stopwatches - 8
    • electric kettle - 1
    • plastic bins - 16
    • film canisters - 8
    • straws - 125
    • bottles glue - 8
    • balls of string - 8
    • hot glue gun and sticks - 1
    • cloth tape measures - 8
    • hair dryer - 1
    • clear tape dispensers - 8
    • index cards - 100
    • rolls masking tape - 2
    • modeling clay 16oz - 1
    • tempera paint (bottles) - 10
    • newsprint - 62 sheets
    • tissue paper sheets - 50
    • paintbrushes - 30
    • white paper sheets - 500
    • Student Pages & Instructor Manual

    Digital curriculum download comes with Instructor’s Manual only, which includes master copies of all student curriculum pages.

    Lesson Titles:

    1. Introduction to Flight
    2. Kites Day
    3. How to Get Off the Ground - Hot Air Balloons Day
    4. Drag and Weight - Parachutes Day
    5. Drag and Lift - Gliders Day
    6. Aerodynamics - Paper Airplanes
    7. Paper Airplane Design Challenge
    8. Thrust and Energy Conservation - Propellers
    9. Thrust and Lift - Helicopters Day 
    10. Pioneers of Aviation 
    11. Thrust and Energy Conservation
    12. Rocket Design Challenge

    Each Activity Guide Includes:

    • Schedule
    • Opening & Closing Discussion Topics
    • Step-By-Step Activity Instructions
    • Topic Background & Vocabulary
    • Materials List

    Common Core State Standards for Language Arts

    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.1.C Pose and respond to specific questions to clarify or follow up on information, and make comments that contribute to the discussion and link to the remarks of others.
    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.4 Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

    Next Generation Science Standards

    NGSS 3-5-ETS1-1: Define a simple design problem, reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
    NGSS 3-5-ETS1-3: Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
    NGSS MS-ETS1-1: Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
    NGSS MS-ETS1-2: Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
    NGSS MS-PS1-4: Develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed.
    NGSS MS-PS1-6: Undertake a design project to construct, test, and modify a device that either releases or absorbs thermal energy through chemical processes.
    NGSS MS-PS2-2: Plan an investigation to provide evidence that the change in an object’s motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and the mass of the object.
    NGSS MS-PS3-5: Construct, use, and present arguments to support the claim that when the kinetic energy of an object changes, energy is transferred to or from the object.

    Habits of Mind

    16 “thinking habits” developed by Art Costa and Bena Kallick to empower students to succeed in a 21st century learning environment.

    • Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations
    • Creating, Imagining, Innovating
    • Finding Humor
    • Listening with Understanding and Empathy
    • Managing Impulsivity
    • Persisting
    • Questioning and Posing Problems
    •  Striving For Accuracy
    • Taking Responsible Risks
    • Thinking Flexibly
    • Thinking Interdependently

    21st Century Skills

    A set of widely-applicable abilities essential for success in the information age.

    • Communication and Collaboration
    • Creativity and Innovation
    • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
    • Flexibility and Adaptability
    • Initiative and Self-Direction
    • Productivity and Accountability
    • Social and Cross-Cultural Skills

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    John Allan holds a master’s degree in astronomy from the University of Virginia, and a bachelor’s degree in physics and astronomy from Macalester College. He has pursued research in radio astronomy at ASTRON - the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, as well as at University of Virginia and Macalester College. John has taught science and math to students from middle school through college level as a tutor and teaching assistant. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where he loves to read science fiction and imagine the future of space travel.

    Sarah Goff teaches elementary and middle school music in Portland, Oregon. She holds a master’s degree in teaching music from Oregon State University and a bachelor’s in music from Grinnell College. Her research with Jason Silveira in teacher attitudes toward transgender individuals and supportive school practices will be published in the Journal of Research in Music Education in Summer 2016. She enjoys biking to work, where she experiences the effects of drag and streamlining firsthand!

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