How birds fly

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/303-how-birds-fly
One of the requirements for heavier-than-air flying machines is a structure that combines ...

Principles of flight

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/299-principles-of-flight
For thousands of years, people have wanted to fly. Our legends and fairy tales are full of ...

Artificial satellites

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/269-artificial-satellites
An artificial satellite is an object that people have made and launched into orbit using ...

Wing aspect ratio

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/302-wing-aspect-ratio
Wing shapes and sizes of both birds and planes determine how they might perform or what they ...

Natural satellites

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/271-natural-satellites
A satellite is anything that orbits around a larger object. A natural satellite is any ...

Gravity and satellite motion

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/268-gravity-and-satellite-motion
Gravity is a force that attracts all objects towards each other. People are attracted towards ...

Feathers and flight

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/308-feathers-and-flight
A bird is designed for flight. The combination of light weight, strength and shape, as well as ...

Wing loading

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/301-wing-loading
You can tell a great deal about how a bird lives or what a plane has been designed for just ...

Our solar system – revolutionary ideas

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/280-our-solar-system-revolutionary-ideas
Since the earliest times, humans have made observations of the night sky. These observations ...

Light and telescopes

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1625-light-and-telescopes
The universe is full of amazing things, but we need help to see most of them. There are many ...

Launching satellites

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/272-launching-satellites
Launching a satellite into orbit requires consideration of a number of major science ideas ...

Wings and lift

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/300-wings-and-lift
For a plane or bird to fly, its wings must produce enough lift to equal its weight. Most wings ...

Flight of the godwit

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/296-flight-of-the-godwit
Bar-tailed godwits can fly about 12,000 km at one time – further than any other known bird ...

Satellite communications

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/270-satellite-communications
Communications satellites are used to send and receive radio signals for television, phone or ...

Hang-gliders

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/307-hang-gliders
Hang-gliders are unpowered aircraft. They maintain flight by employing a flying surface (wing) ...

People in flight history

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/305-people-in-flight-history
People have always tried to imitate birds. People in legends and fairytales have been able to ...

Distances in space

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1624-distances-in-space
Distances in space are really, really big. The Voyager 1 spacecraft is heading out of our Solar ...

A progression of flight - timeline

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1691-a-progression-of-flight-timeline
Use this timeline to find out more about the progression of flight in human history. 1000 BCE ...

History of satellites – timeline

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1905-history-of-satellites-timeline
See key dates relating to early discoveries about natural and artificial satellites in this ...

Falling, floating, flying

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/309-falling-floating-flying
All flying objects have some things in common. For some things, it is easy to decide if they ...

The Sun and white dwarfs

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1622-the-sun-and-white-dwarfs
Professor Denis Sullivan studies white dwarfs – small and dense stars that are cooling down ...

Birds and planes

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/317-birds-and-planes
In this activity, students explore the importance of wing shape and size and how this ...

Investigating flight – introduction

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/295-investigating-flight-introduction
Have you ever wanted to fly? To soar above valleys and mountains, cities and oceans, feeling ...

What flies?

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/312-what-flies
In this activity, students discuss what things can fly and how this happens. They work towards ...
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