As much as the students enjoyed their lessons on Leonardo da Vinci, they were excited to learn about an adventurer that actually got off the ground! We moved on in our History of Flight time line to the invention of the hot air balloon by the Montgolfier brothers.
The students really enjoyed hearing about the first passengers (a rooster, a sheep, and a duck) and the first flight across the English Channel that forced the pilots to throw their clothes overboard in order to stay aloft. The students also conducted experiments with trash bags and cardboard rings of different widths and diameters to see which worked best in flight. Next up…flight with wings!