Ep.1: Flying Machines

Ever since I was a kid, I have always wanted to fly. In fact, at four years old you could find me on top of a ladder armed with a box fan (plugged in and turned on) and an umbrella, just like Mary Poppins. Unfortunately, I didn’t really understand how some things flew while I didn’t, so I thought we’d look at some of the most amazing flying machines that are real, and also show you how to start designing your own by looking at the aerodynamic forces that you have to deal with whether you’re a kid or an airplane.


  • sheets of paper
  • pencil

Download the student worksheet that goes with this lesson.

So for today, we’re first are going to look what makes airplanes flip over, slip and slide through the air, and then we’re going to look at some of the most famous flying machines ever created, and finally we’ll learn how to make our own.

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