History of Flight

As our students continue their study of the Layers of the Atmosphere we have come to the Stratosphere—the layer 10-30 miles above the Earth’s crust where airplanes fly.

This provided a great opportunity for our class to look into the history of flight. After hearing Greek myths about flight and creating art projects to reflect the stories (the myth of Daedalus and Icarus and the myth of Pegasus) we have moved on to ancient China and the use of kites. Kites do not travel to the Stratosphere, but they were a part of man’s early attempts to become airborne! The students built a dragon kite with 24 body cells, and we had a chance to fly it this past week.