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FC01: Body Flight and the Physics of Terminal Velocity

    iFLY is an indoor skydiving facility, consisting of a 1000 horsepower wind tunnel and flight chamber for skydivers. The wind rushes upward past you at 120 mph and supports you against gravity; you don’t fall. You will experience the same activities that your students would on a field trip there. The course includes "jump training", two flights in the flight chamber with an instructor, an experimental session measuring the terminal velocity and stability of objects in flight, observing turbulence and measuring airspeed/pressure with aircraft instruments. A short lecture on fluid dynamics and aerodynamic drag is presented, customized to the student grade level of teachers who attend. In addition you will tour the air gathering portion of the facility (plenum) where you can stand in the wind and watch fliers overhead. The usual price for flying is $50+. (A bottle of water and granola/snack bar will be provided.)
    Tickets: $30
    Type Field Course
    Grade Level All
    Emphasis Technology
    Track Physics
    Tags Field Course, Physics


Teaching Physics with Technology


Learn Physics by Doing Physics

    The Exploratorium seeks to inspire learners by showing them how science is interesting, relevant and fun. Participants begin by experiencing the real phenomena of science. Encountering science phenomena naturally leads to questions created by each individual. When people ask their own questions, they truly want to know the answer. We then provide resources where they can do the work necessary to understand the science phenomena. In this presentation we will provide participants with simple materials, then give them sparse instructions, and turn them loose to explore. In this way we will model our way of doing active science learning. Turning the participants loose to explore and report on what they see means that a class will not progress according to a rigid plan. As a teacher you have to know how to deal with the resulting flow of ideas, it is like being a jazz performer in education, you have to be a superb musician/educator and go with the flow, all the while keeping track of where you want to take your audience. In the end, we’ll connect our explorations to the Next Generation Science Standards which emphasize the practices of doing science, as well as the cross-cutting themes, and content standards.

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    Type Focus Speaker
    Grade Level All
    Track Physics
    Tags Physics


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