Explore Flight!: With 25 Great Projects
Anita Yasuda & Bryan Stone
Nomad, 2013 (2013)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
eachers and parents homeschooling their children ages six and older will want to check out this excellent book that not only delves into the history of flight but also offers lots of hands-on projects and experiments.
he book begins with a flight timeline that begins with the invention of kites and rockets in China and then traces the Montgolfier's first hot air balloon flights, the first successful glider flight by Sir George Cayley and the Wright brothers taking to the air in the United States.
ix short chapters then explore various aspects of flight from Leonardo da Vinci's early ideas about flying and experiments with lighter than airships to fixed wing machines, helicopters and space craft.
he hands-on projects include instructions on how to construct an ornithopter, a phenakistoscope, a parachute, an anemometer and much, much more. You'll also discover lots of fun facts, specialized vocabulary (aileron,suborbital, anemometer), trivia and bits of aviation history tucked away on the pages of this very informative book.
ot only is this book a very good introduction to the science of flight and aviation but you'll also find a list of websites and books that can be consulted for further, more detailed study of the subject.
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