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Our Grade Four Tour Program focuses on the science and technology curriculum. We look at the bushplane and how it is designed, focusing on the pulleys and gears that are used in a bushplanes design that allows it to fly. Students will have a chance to climb inside, play, touch and even "fly" with their classmates in an old Saunders passenger aircraft. Students will also discover how bushplanes help fight forest fires and will get a chance to climb a fire tower to put out a forest fire on their own. We will ignite your student's imaginations and interest. Your class will learn quickly that adventure takes off at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre!

Big Idea:There are several types of forces that cause movement.

Overall Expectation: Assess the impact of various forces on society and the environment.
Specific Expectation: Assess the impact of pulley systems and gear systems on daily life.
How: During the tour our experts will focus on how the pulley and gear systems work within our bushplanes. Gears slow down propellers on an aircraft allowing it to work properly. Controls are a system of pulleys.

Big Idea: There are several types of forces that cause movement. Forces cause objects to speed up, slow down or change direction through direct contact or through interaction at a distance.

Overall Expectation: Investigate devices that use forces to create controlled movement.
Specific Expectation: Use scientific inquiry/experimentation skills to investigate changes in force, distance, speed and direction in pulley and gear systems.
How: Students will see visual aids to help explain how pulleys and gears are used in an aircraft and will have a chance to experiment with some controls as they sit in the cockpit of an aircraft.

Big Idea: Forces cause objects to speed up, slow down or change direction through direct contact or through interaction at a distance.

Overall Expectation: Demonstrate an understanding of how forces cause movement and changes in movement
Specific Expectation: Use appropriate science and technology vocabulary, including pulley, gear, force and speed, in oral and written communication.
How: During the tour our experts will focus on how the pulley and gear systems work within our bushplanes. We will discuss the advancements of the pulley and gear system as we tour the bushplanes using proper terminology.

Big Idea: Forces cause objects to speed up, slow down or change direction through direct contact or through interaction at a distance.

Overall Expectation: Demonstrate an understanding of how forces cause movement and changes in movement.
Specific Expectation: Describe the purposes of pulley systems and gear systems.
How: Gears are used to slow down the propeller of an aircraft (change speed). Pulleys are used to control various parts of the aircraft (change in force needed). Pulleys are used in water bombers. Review the pulley and gear system of the Bell helicopter. Explain the use of mechanical advantage on aircraft.

Big Idea: There are several types of forces that cause movement. Forces cause objects to speed up, slow down or change direction through direct contact or through interaction at a distance. Forces in nature, such as high winds or water can have a significant impact on humans and the environment and need to be regarded with respect.

Overall Expectation: Demonstrate an understanding of how forces cause movement and changes in movement.
Specific Expectation: Describe how rotary motion in one system or its components is transferred to another system or component in the same structure. Describe how one type of motion can be transformed into another type of motion using pulleys or gears. Distinguish between pulley systems and gear systems that increase force and those that increase speed. Identify pulley systems and gear systems that are used in daily life and explain the purpose and basic operation of each. Identify the input components that drive a mechanism and the output components that are driven by it.
How: The transfer of motion between the engine of the aircraft and the propeller will be explained

Museum Tour

  1. Brief presentation on the Bushplane Heritage Centre
  2. Chalk Talk
  3. Hangar Tour
  4. Wings Over the North Object Theatre
  5. Flight Centre & Fire Tower
  6. Depart Facility after 2 Hour Tour

Lessons

Associated lessons are encouraged before and after the field trip. Many students may not have been to a museum and it is helpful to establish the rules of a museum as well as get them excited to come and experience all the fun adventures they are about to have. The following activities are all optional; our tours are developed to be stand-alone and pre or post lessons are not required to experience a field trip at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre. You can use one lesson or a combination of lessons to aid your students in their experience. All the instructions for the activities are supplied and most of the suggested books may be lent out through our own library for up to one week. Some books are also noted to be in the Public Library for teachers to take out for longer periods of time.

Lesson 1

Powerful Pulleys:

  • How simple machines help to make work easier.
The entire lesson along along with support material is included in the Teachers Package

Lesson 2

Great Gears:

  • Challenge your students to see if they can make their own moving gears.
The entire lesson along along with support material is included in the Teachers Package

Suggested Reading:

Pulleys and Gears

Angela Royston
Heinemann Library, 2001

Pulleys and Gears

David Glover
Rigby Interactive Library, 1997
You may speak to someone for more information or to book your school tour at
Toll Free: 1-877-287-4752
Local: 705-945-6242
Email: Donna Barill
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