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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Flight mythology

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/304-flight-mythology
People have long had an obsession with flight. Characters from legends and fairy tales often ...

Making a glider

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/314-making-a-glider
In this activity, students handcraft a glider from balsa wood. In the process, they learn about ...

Gliders and kites

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/306-gliders-and-kites
Gliders and kites both have wings to generate lift. A glider’s wings are aerofoils. Well made ...

Aerofoils and paper planes

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/313-aerofoils-and-paper-planes
In this activity, students learn how to make an aerofoil and to make and fly paper planes. In ...

Kites

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/315-kites
In this activity, students will learn about some kite history and how kites fly before making ...

Physical World – Forces

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/2261-physical-world-forces
Below are links to Science Learning Hub resources for primary teachers related to forces in the ...

Investigating flight– key terms

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1148-investigating-flight-key-terms
What is flight? People have different ideas about what flies. Our resources explore winged ...

Tracking E7

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/316-tracking-e7
In this activity, students explore the incredible flight of a special bird known as E7 to learn ...

Aeronavics

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1443-aeronavics
Drones, UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), droids, flying robots – no matter what you call them ...

Future flight

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/319-future-flight
In this activity, students explore how flight has developed over time with discussion about ...

Dr Phil Battley

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/310-dr-phil-battley
Position: University lecturer Field: Ornithology Organisation: Ecology Group, Massey University ...
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