or the television. His parents have learned that forcing him into
soccer and baseball just isn’t going to work anymore.
My aviation class worked with the forest service in developing a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) to
help to forest fire hot-spotting. I’d never flown a radio-controlled airplane before and I found that the students who
were the best at video gaming were the
best UAV pilots and after they learned
they taught me. Now that some of our service branches have begun using drones,
they’ve found the same thing applies.
They’re going to come out and visit and
I know Matthew will not be the happiest
hiking, so this summer my goal is to teach
my grandson how to fly a radio-controlled
airplane. I might even share the RC helicopter that one of my brothers gave me for
Christmas. After the initial training on a computerized simulator in my living room, we’ll go outside and be where we should
be for the real flying experience. One of the things that my class
discovered early in the process was that you can’t always bring
the aircraft back to where you began. Voila, movement!
Need more ideas? Teach someone to fly a kite. We typically
began the school year by learning how to fly kites. There are
some really cool kites out there and they’re relatively inexpen-
sive. Talk about the construction of the kite and what affect
the wind has on the flight characteristics. Talk about the con-
struction of a wing—why the leading edge is shaped like it is—
why the trailing edge is shaped the way it is. Talk about the
angle of attack. Apply those concepts to the kite “wing.” Ok, I
Eight years ago one of my more ad-
vanced classes began experimenting
with developing a wing to pull their
snowboards across the slopes. Everyone
thought we were beyond crazy. As the
valley recently hosted a “kite-boarding”
event on the frozen local lake, some of
my students reminded me that we’d tried
this same thing years ago.
know it’s difficult when the kite may be
shaped like Godzilla, but it’s a starting
point. Build a box kite and talk about
the principles of flight. Watch someone skydiving under canopy and talk
about how the chute is really acting like
a wing would.
Need more ideas?
Teach someone to fly
a kite. Watch
under canopy and talk
about how the chute
is really like a wing.