Make It Fly

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This activity shows how a paper aeroplane, glider or helicopter falls to the ground much more slowly and gracefully than a scrunched-up piece of paper. It’s all thanks to the forces generated by air pressing on, and moving over, the surface of the paper.

Learning outcomes:

  • Investigate how aerodynamics affects how fast or slowly an object moves through the air
  • Use observation and questioning (curiosity) skills
  • See how aerodynamics has practical and useful applications in our everyday lives

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