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Drop Thought Kids Test Out - "Could We Ever Fly to School?"

What would innovators and scientists need to consider for personal flight to be possible? Each week, students will build and test one way to get an object to fly and then discuss their ideas around
50 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

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Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
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Students will gain an understanding of the forces involved in flight as well as how to ensure a test is fair. They will consider attempts that may not work and be guided in how to use "mistakes or failed attempts" positively in design and innovation. They will gain confidence in their ideas as these workshops do not focus on a right or wrong answer. 
I have taught Science to 6- 11-year-olds for over 20 years and been trained by Evidence Based Enquiry in the Science of Learning.  I have co-ordinated science and assisted others with the teaching of this curriculum area. Drop Thought Kids was run as extra-curricular activities for many years and students were responsible in suggesting their "I wonder..." question. I have a BSc in Science, Post-gradutate degree in teaching and an MA in Comparative Education.
Students will be encouraged to try their models at home with a variety of materials or to change them as they see fit. Suggestions of what could be tested next will be given at the end of each workshop should they wish to extend their design further. 
A ruler will be beneficial for each session. A measuring tape or meter stick is best but any size is fine. Substitute materials can be discussed during each workshop if any of the items below or not available. Week 1 (28 & 29th October): Build a broom and cup launcher: small stick, tape, string, paper, balloon, paper cup, scissors, glue, Week 2 (4 & 5 November): Build and test sling shots and catapults: lolli sticks, elastics, tape, light object. Week 3 (11 & 12 November): Build and test rocket balloons: paper, balloon, tape, string, small object (similar to lego size) Week 4 (18 & 19 November): Build and test hot air balloons: 2 plastic bags, tape, hair dryer, string, small object (similar to lego size) Week 5 (25 & 26 November): Build and test helium balloons: helium balloon (1-4), string, paper cup or small bag, kitchen scale, variety of light objects. Students will be trying to test how much weight could helium balloons carry. Week 6 (2 & 3 December): Build and test hang-gliders: wooden screwers or wooden match sticks or straws, paper, glue or glue gun, tape
50 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.


Kim Gillingham. MA Education
Lives in Canada
Creator of Drop Thought Kids/Science teacher
4 completed classes

About Me

Hello! Nice to meet you! My name is Kim Gillingham and I have over 20 years experience teaching Junior school Science and STEAM in top independent schools in England and  Shanghai. I have also worked on discovery magazines for kids in Canada as a... 
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