08.25.2023

Flashback: iLEAD Agua Dulce 8th Graders Soar in First Glider Flights

iLEAD Agua Dulce First Flights May 20, 2023

Through our partnership with iLEAD Student Aerospace Projects’ Soaring Aeronautics Project, iLEAD Agua Dulce 8th graders are invited to learn about flight and even take their first glider flights. Last school year, on Saturday, May 20, our eighth graders enjoyed this life-changing experience.

Tapping into our curiosity about flight, our Soaring Aeronautics Project answers the question “How do things fly?” and introduces learners to the forces described by Newton and Bernoulli.

Through this project, learners use the engineering design process to fabricate and launch their own gliders, interact with a full-scale glider, learn from glider pilots about flight controls and aerodynamics, and fly a glider!

Preflight training on simulators supports the development of flight and navigation skills. The history of flight, anatomy of birds, current experimental gliders, and meteorology are woven in to extend and enhance knowledge, giving meaning to research and writing.

Special thanks to Skylark North Glider Flight School for hosting and guiding the learners!

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