An anemometer measures wind speed. The Wright brothers used a handheld anemometer to estimate wind speed when they tested their flying machines. You can make an anemometer to record wind speed near your home.
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Build the Best Swimmer

Build the Best Swimmer

From Gravity

Discover how the connection between swimming and gravity!

Magnetic Field Viewer

Magnetic Field Viewer

From Electricity

You can see magnetic fields in action with this easy-to-make viewer.

Explore Friction on a Ramp

Explore Friction on a Ramp

From The Physics of Fun

One part of physics that affects everything you do is friction! Friction is a force that occurs when two surfaces rub against each other. Smoother surfaces generate less friction, while rough or bumpy surfaces generate more friction. Check it out!



From Fairground Physics

Most older roller coasters are pulled up that first hill. However, some newer coasters have pneumatic launch systems. That means a shot of compressed air launches the coaster up the hill. We’re going to build a simple version of that with a straw that you blow through.


“Teachers 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.”

Sue Heavenrich, Archimedes Notebook
“loaded with hands-on projects to help them discover some of the answers. From parachutes to power rockets, this book helps kids explore the history and science of aviation, and has a handy timeline to help frame the history of flight science.”

Roger D. Launius, Ph.D. Senior Curator, Division of Space History, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Explore Flight! offers a charming overview of the quest to take to the air.”

Detailed Book Description

Who invented the airplane? How do these machines work? And why do planes have wings? Answer these questions by jumping into the cockpit, putting on your goggles, and soaring into Explore Flight! The 25 projects are designed to inspire young readers ages 7-10 to have fun while learning about people's quest to fly. Kids will discover the dreamers, inventors, aviation pioneers, and record breakers. They will explore the myths and legends, wondrous flying machines of the past and future, the science of aerodynamics, and much more.

From building a foam glider and a helicopter, to creating a da Vinci parachute and experimenting with drag and thrust, children will investigate what makes flight possible and develop a better understanding of the rich history of aviation. Projects are easy to follow, require little adult supervision, and use commonly found household products, many from the recycling box. Words to Know highlighted and defined on each page reinforce new vocabulary. Kids will Explore Flight! and have an amazing time discovering the history and science of aviation.

Available In:
Paperback, $13.95
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Charts | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | black and white interior | 96 pages
Subject: Science
Content Focus: Physical Science



Let’s Explore Flight!

Chapter 1
Dreaming of Flight

Chapter 2
Up, Up, and Away

Chapter 3
People Can Fly!

Chapter 4
Golden Age of Flight

Chapter 5
Modern Aircraft

Chapter 6
The Space Age