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Investigating things with wings

What is flight? People have different ideas about what flies. In this context, we explore winged flight through birds, planes, gliders, hang-gliders and kites.

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Finding your way around

There are several different ways to discover the site's resources and their related content, along with ideas for grouping them for teaching opportunities:

  • The collections contain groups of related resources about Flight.
  • The Connections tool is a visual interactive pathway to discovering the resources and related content for Flight.
  • The printable context overview will assist teachers to find pathways through this context and to plan lessons and units of work.

Collections | Connections | Context overview (PDF 52 kB)


    Flight of the godwit

    Bar-tailed godwits can fly non-stop further than any other known bird. This recent discovery excited ornithologists around the world. Dr Phil Battley and Jesse Conklin from Massey University have...

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    Hang-gliders are unpowered aircraft. While powered aircraft use their own power source (motor and propeller or jet turbine) to stay up, hang-gliders require air movement to stay aloft. Read about...

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    How birds fly

    How do birds fly? Birds have many features, besides wings, that work together to enable them to fly. The four forces of flight – weight, lift, drag and thrust – affect the flight of birds.

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    Principles of flight

    Four main forces affect the flight abilities of birds and planes. These forces are weight, lift, thrust and drag.

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The longest flight

Dr Phil Battley, from Massey University, shares his amazing discovery that godwits make...


NZ Research

NZ Research collection.
NZ Research collection. This collection provides information about the work of New Zealand’s world-class science and technology sectors in relation to Flight....

Science Ideas and Concepts

Science Ideas and Concepts collection.
Science Ideas and Concepts collection. Scientific study requires a basic knowledge and understanding of ideas and concepts. This collection explains the ideas that are...

Looking Closer

Looking Closer collection.
Looking Closer collection.
This collection contains a wide variety of resources and information about Flight, which supports the resources in the other...


People collection.
People collection. This collection introduces some of the people working or studying in the areas explored in Flight. Click on a name to find out more about...

Teaching and Learning Approaches

Teaching and Learning Approaches collection.
Teaching and Learning Approaches collection. Student activities are the main feature of this collection, along with a variety of resources for teachers to use in exploring Flight.


Timeline collection.
Timeline collection. Using an interactive timeline to explore the progression of flight.

Question Bank

Question Bank collection.
Question Bank collection. An inquiry approach is a method often used in science education. The question bank provides an initial list of questions about Flight and...

Key Terms

Key Terms collection.
Key Terms collection. 10 key terms that should be understood for this context.

Sci Media

Sci Media collection.
Sci Media collection. This collection is where you can find all the images, video clips and interactives that relate to Flight.

Science Learning Hub Survey 2014

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