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Flying High with Science

15 May 2014

This week, Upper Key Stage 2 had a Science Activity evening with their parents - their task was to make a flying machine. Why not have a go yourself at home?

  • Primary Science Activity Evening May 2014

Our Science Activity evenings in primary provide a time for parents and students to work together on a project and are always very popular.

We thought that we would share this week’s task with you to try at home and see how you get on.

The Year 5 and 6 students and their parents were given the following equipment to make their flying machine: tape, scissors, paperclips, split pins, binder clips, thick and thin elastic bands (be careful they might snap, don’t get them too close to your eyes), a propeller, white tack, skewers, wooden sticks and paper.

They were also given the below information to get them thinking…

Living things that fly are powered by energy from their muscles, which your equipment doesn’t have, and we’re not allowed to light fires in the theatre, so you can’t use the principles of combustion to help you.

It might help to think about the shapes of things that can fly and how they get started. Once you’ve made something that can fly, and can stay off the floor for about 5-10 seconds, you can think about how to get something to take off on its own.

HINT: somehow energy will have to be stored in it, and released slowly. Do you know of anything that does this? How can you store energy? How can you slow down its release? Either that or you can make a launchpad...?

Students and their parents were also given some instructions for making helicopters and gliders to help them if they got stuck, you can download these below. Don’t be afraid of modifying them to make them better, make them fly in loops, sideways, from side-to-side or just more exciting!

Have fun and let us know how you get on by posting your photos on our Facebook page!