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Aerodynamics Discuss this eTheme.

Learn about the study of gases in motion called aerodynamics. Find out how this science applies to airplanes, parachutes, cars, bridges, buildings, living things, kites, and more. Learn Bernoulli’s principle, laws of aerodynamics, and basics of forces of gravity, lift, drag, and thrust. Get acquainted with shock waves, propulsion, and other forces. There are links to eThemes Resources on related topics of gravity, aviation and aircrafts, parachutes, and water-bottle rockets.

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This video chronicles the Mars Exploration Rover landing in January 2004; includes learning activities.
This site provides activities related to NASA's STEM projects.
This fourth-grade student project explores principles of aerodynamics and what makes planes fly.
Here is a brief introduction to aerodynamics, basic forces, sound and thermal barriers. NOTE: The site includes pop-up and banner ads.
This page has summative information on aerodynamics. Click on the highlighted words for more explanations and online simulations.
Explore the four main forces involved in aerodynamics: gravity, lift, drag, and thrust. Each page includes links to related activities at the bottom.
Here is a 3D replica of the first wind tunnel. Scroll down the page and click on the link "Parts of a Wind Tunnel" to access interactive pages with animations. Then select the "Make a Simple Wind Tunnel" link to learn how to build your own wind tunnel.
Learn about Bernoulli's principle and use an interactive animation to change settings and watch what happens.
During this activity involving a paper plane, kids learn about and discuss gravity, drag, lift, and thrust.
Learn about the aerodynamics of a helicopter. The site is illustrated with drawings.
This page has two learning simulation games to download for older students.
This site explores the forces of gravity, air, balloons, animal flight, airplanes, and spacecraft. NOTE: Some of the links on the online resource center are broken.
Learn how to properly fold a paper airplane and host a paper airplane contest at your school. Additional resources about this topic are listed. NOTE: Some links on the site are broken.
This site describes different types of kites, a brief history, and aerodynamic forces that make kites fly. The kite index includes a variety of related kite websites, as well as other related topics.
Three aerodynamic toys can be made from the in-depth directions on this site: a Bernoulli levitation ball, a homemade vacuum pump, and a classic propellor toy. NOTE: Site contains ads by Google.
Learn how aerodynamics occur. Includes a time line of the history of flight and provides a brief history of early pioneers of flight. Additionally, three flight simulators are useful in experiencing how to fly a plane. NOTE: These simulations require Shockwave to run properly.
The science of flight is outlined via the topics of lift, thrust, weight, and drag. Includes helpful graphics to illustrate each topic.
These sites explain how the earth's gravity works. Includes photos, simulations, videos, hands-on activities, and online quizzes.
These sites have classroom activity ideas and unit plans about aviation. Learn how aircraft fly and try to solve word problems and other mathematical equations relating to aviation. Download a flight simulator to navigate your own aircraft. Includes a link to an eTheme on Aviation: Military Aircraft.
These sites are about the history of aviation. Includes photographs of different types of aircraft, principles and concepts of flight and plane construction, women in aviation, and how to construct paper airplanes. An eThemes Resource on the Wright Brothers is linked.
Discover how a parachute works. Find out who was the first man to envision and sketch the first parachute. Learn about air resistance or drag force, drop time, and terminal velocity. The following online simulations and lesson plans are designed for physics and mathematics classes.
The following sites can help students understand how physics laws create motion and propel rockets. Learn about rocketry and how to build water-bottle rockets. These sites include lesson plans, activities, rocket launchers simulators, photographs, animations, and video.
Learn how kites overcome gravity to fly. There are several lesson plans that use kites to introduce math and science concepts. Includes many instructions for making your own kite out of everyday materials. There is information about the history of kites and pictures of kites from different countries. Also learn why April is National Kite Month. Includes links to eThemes Resources on hot air balloons and basic weather concepts.

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