The science be­hind avi­a­tion

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - ERIN TASKER

Avi­a­tion is a science, and it’s one that Ash­bur­ton In­ter­me­di­ate School stu­dents now know a lot more about.

They’ve just com­pleted two weeks of vis­its to the Ash­bur­ton Avi­a­tion Mu­seum where they got a close-up look at the mu­seum’s vin­tage air­craft, and were told all about how things worked, by the mu­seum’s vol­un­teers.

Ash­bur­ton Avi­a­tion Mu­seum mem­ber War­ren Janett said ev­ery­thing from what the planes were, to the aero­dy­nam­ics of a jet were cov­ered, and there were op­por­tu­ni­ties for the kids to get hands on too, with some in­ter­est­ing ex­per­i­ments prompt­ing plenty of ques­tions from the in­quis­i­tive young minds.

They were shown the in­side of cock­pits, and taken out­side where some wa­ter bot­tle rock­ets were shot up into the sky.

The science lessons were for Ash­bur­ton In­ter­me­di­ate’s year seven stu­dents, and part of a project that the Ash­bur­ton Avi­a­tion Mu­seum vol­un­teers un­der take with the school ev­ery year.

‘‘Other schools that have got year sevens are wel­come to ap­proach us, be­cause we re­ally en­joy do­ing it,’’ Janett said.

‘‘When I went to school, they had noth­ing like this.’’

Most of the mu­seum’s vol­un­teers have held a long in­ter­est in avi­a­tion, and many have been pi­lots. Some have even flown planes the likes of which are on dis­play in the mu­seum.

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