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Physics of flight

Students receive an introduction to the basic principles of flight through a series of practical demonstrations.

Physics of flight

The interactive show format will help contextualise the physics of flight and bring to life classroom learning. Students learn about the principles of flight through a series of fun and interactive demonstrations.

This session can either be delivered as an interactive show or a workshop.

Within the workshop format, students receive an introduction to the basic principles of flight and then discuss the requirements to balance forces. A competitive practical element is then included where students design and test their own aircraft from paper and k-nex to meet a specific challenge using the principles of flight.


Minimum of 30 participants, maximum of 200 participants.


All costs are dependant on the number of learners engaged throughout the day and staff to student ratio required.

Dates and Location

Dates are available throughout the school calendar. Participant numbers can be varied to suit requirements and choice of workshops can be tailored to suit.


45 mins to 1 hour depending on the school's timetable delivered either as a workshop or assembly.

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

  • Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers

  • Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering

Subjects and topics

    • Design and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Physics
    • Design/Art/Fashion
    • Materials/Products/Manufacturing
    • Mechanical Engineering/Systems/Processes
    • Space/Aerospace Engineering
    • Transport

Gatsby benchmarks

The Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:

  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Aiming High - the ability to set clear, tangible goals and devise a robust route to achieving them.

  • Listening - the ability to listen and understand information.

  • Problem Solving - the ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.

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