Pupils given the chance to fly

Date Posted: 19/03/2015

Airkix, an indoor skydiving centre, has created Wind Workshops to engage local primary school children in Science outside of the classroom.

Airkix has produced an alternative Science lesson at its three locations in Milton Keynes, Manchester and Basingstoke.  

The workshops look to teach the impact of surface area on wind resistance with a practical, hands-on approach. They are divided into two parts: an interactive classroom activity and an opportunity to skydive in a wind-tunnel with expert instructors.

Interactive classroom activity

The skydiving wind tunnel is recreated to explain how a larger surface area provides greater resistance to the wind helping you or an object to stay ‘flying’ in the air.

The children are then tasked with a challenge in teams to create a wind powered vehicle that will travel the greatest distance when assisted by the wind. A competition to see which group’s vehicle travels the furthest concludes the session.

Indoor skydiving

The children are able to put their knowledge into action by experiencing wind speeds of up to 165mph in the skydiving wind tunnel, after a safety briefing.

Using what they have just been taught, the children aim to create a large surface area with their bodies to stay ‘flying,’ bringing the theory to life.

Benefits

Recent research from Airkix has revealed that more needs to be done to keep children engaged in Science, which is exactly what the workshops aim to do. Although three in ten children enjoy the school subject of Science more than Art, PE or English, young people lose this passion as they grow up, with a reported shortfall of 55,000 scientists and engineers in the UK every year.

Cydney Hughes, sales manager, Airkix led a recent workshop at Milton Keynes, as part of Science Week 2015, with Leighton Buzzard based school, Gilbert Inglefield Academy.

She said of the event: “It’s a great way to get the children excited about science. We know the learning impact and enjoyment can be far greater if they actually experience science, rather than be talked at in class.”

She added: “There’s also an opportunity to get their creative juices flowing during the classroom activity as well as building essential teamwork skills.”  

The workshop is available on booking all year round for primary schools.

For more information visit www.airkix.com/book-flights/schools.aspx.

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