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Trivia Questions

1. Who observed that when air moves, the air pressure drops.

2. Where was the first successful airplane flight.

 Find the answers to these kids science questions.


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Science Experiments for Kids Science doesn't have to be complicated, expensive or use specialized laboratory equipment. There are great science projects that can be performed using common household items.

Whether you are a parent or a student trying to find an idea for a science project, a teacher looking for ideas for the classroom, or a science enthusiast who enjoys the delight of experimentation, you'll find what you're looking for in this book.

101 Easy Science Projects


How does an airplane take off?

When an aircraft moves into the wind, the wings cut the airflow in half. Some air travels above the wing, some air travels below the wing. Plane wings are build to be curved on top and flat on the bottom. The wind, or air stream, flowing over the wing travels a different path from air traveling under the wing. This difference in the path of the wind, creates lower air pressure above the wing. The higher air pressure under the wing lifts the plane into the air creating lift.  When there is enough lift to overcome gravity, the plane takes off. 

All the time, the plane is being slowed down by having to push through the air. This is called drag, and the engines have to overcome it.  As long as the plane continues to move forward at a fast enough speed, the plane continues to fly.

Planes use engines to move quickly down the runway to create the lift for take off. Helicopters rotate their wings (or blades). The rotating motion forces air past the wings creating lift.


Websites with information on Flight

Beginners guide to aerodynamics.
Lots of different paper airplanes.
How a plane is controlled.

Experiment with Flight

1. Make a Wing (Paper, tape, thread, needle, and pencil)
Cut the paper 15cm x 5 cm or 6in x 2in. Fold the paper 8 cm or 3.25 inches from the end. Roll the longer end of the paper evenly around the pencil to make it bulge. Tape the ends of the paper together so that it creates a wing shape (flat on the bottom, and curved on the top). Thread the needle and push the thread through the wing, about a third of the way back from the curved end.  Remove the needle from the thread. Hold both ends of the thread and blow over the front end of wing. 

The air flowing over the wing, creates lower air pressure above the wing, so it rises up the thread. 

2. Experiment with balls (two ping pong balls, thread, tape, drinking straw)
Cut two pieces of thread. Tape a piece to each ping pong ball. Hang them from a doorway so they are about the height of your mouth and the distance between the balls is 2 cm (or 3/4 of an inch). Use the straw to blow on one ball. The distance between the two balls increases. Now try aiming the air between the two balls. Watch what happens? Why?


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Trivia Answers

1. Who observed that when air moves, the air pressure drops.

Daniel Bernoulli in 1738.

2. Where was the first successful airplane flight.

Kitty Hawk, North Carolina by the Wright brothers in 1903


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