This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental principles of aerodynamics and flight as well as the application of these principles in the design, construction, and operation of small flying models & kites.
The design aspects of this course will include artistic design and therefore this course can be considered a STEM plus Art course or STEAM.
Designed for students aged 7 through 9, the main outcome objectives of this course include:
- The historical understandings and development of aerodynamics
- The concepts of airflow and lift in the design and construction of paper planes
- The concepts of prototypes and model testing using the scientific method
- Flying procedures and considerations for paper planes
- The concepts of airflow, lift, and torque in the design and construction of kites made of wood, paper, and plastic
- Artistic design considerations of kites made of wood, paper, and plastic
- Flying procedures and considerations for small kites.
This interesting, fun, and hands-on STEAM course compliments the Earth and Space Science strand and Physical Science strand of the National Science Curriculum. As students make their own artistic designs, this course also complements the Visual Arts strand of the Australian Arts Curriculum.