A Little Messy
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Question and Wonder:
- How do birds fly?
- Why do they move their wings that way?
- Do all birds move their wing the same way? What do you notice?
- Do planes fly differently than birds? How? What makes them go?
- Who controls the plane?Looking at pictures of birds and planes.
Make a paper plane and a paper bird. Talk about how they are designed. Fly your creations several times and talk about what you observe. You can use these templates or design your own. https://www.foldnfly.com/1.html
Imagine and Design
- What do you notice about them?
- How are they different? How are they the same?
- How do you think those differences change the way they fly?
- Put out your arms and pretend to be a bird and an airplane. How did you move as a bird? An airplane?
- Why did you move that way? How did your movement change?
Go to a park and watch the birds. Ask your parent or caregiver to take you to a place near the airport where you can watch planes fly. Take binoculars if you have them and get a close up look.
Test and Discuss:
- How did your models of birds and panes differ from the real thing?
- How could you change your design to make it more like what you observed?
- Which came first birds or airplanes? Why do you think that?
- Do you think scientists designed planes by studying birds? Why or why not?
- What other ways does nature influence design?
Did You Know?:
Birds wings and plane wings have similar shapes. Learn more about the science of flight using the links below.