The science behind aviation
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.