Flight & Aerodynamics Camp
Ready for Take Off!
Students take to the skies and explore the thrills of life at 30,000 feet with dynamic, hands-on flight-based activities. They pilot hot air balloons, parachutes, gliders, planes, helicopters and rockets, all while examining abstract physics concepts such as energy conservation, buoyancy and the four forces of flight.
Learners fly alongside the aviation experts of the world, taking quick detours to examine the history of flight as they follow the footsteps of the Wright Brother’s and da Vinci by creating extraordinary flying machines! In Flight & Aerodynamics Camp, take the yoke and fly into the STEM-setting sun in one of our most thrilling camp packages!
Digital Download for Flight & Aerodynamics Camp only $129.00!
- 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.
Each Activity Guide Includes:
- Opening & Closing Discussion Topics
- Step-By-Step Activity Instructions
- Topic Background & Vocabulary
- Materials List
- Introduction to Flight
- Kites Day
- How to Get Off the Ground - Hot Air Balloons Day
- Drag and Weight - Parachutes Day
- Drag and Lift - Gliders Day
- Aerodynamics - Paper Airplanes
- Paper Airplane Design Challenge
- Thrust and Energy Conservation - Propellers
- Thrust and Lift - Helicopters Day
- Pioneers of Aviation
- Thrust and Energy Conservation
- Rocket Design Challenge
Standards & Alignments
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
- 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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About the Authors
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!