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Our Grade Five Program focuses on the structures and mechanisms of a bushplane and the forces acting upon them. 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: Structures and mechanisms throughout our environment have forces that act on and within them.

Overall Expectation: Analyse social and environmental impacts of forces acting on structures and mechanisms.
Specific Expectation: Analyze the effects of forces from natural phenomena on the natural and built environment.
How: Our experts will guide the students through a memorable experience at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre. The students will discover the forces that allow a bushplane to fly as well as how the bushplane has evolved and adapted to meet the needs of the environment, the pilots and the passengers.

Big Idea: Structures and mechanisms throughout our environment have forces that act on and within them.

Overall Expectation: Analyse social and environmental impacts of forces acting on structures and mechanisms.
Specific Expectation: Evaluate the impact of society and the environment on structures and mechanisms, taking different perspectives into account and suggest ways in which structures and mechanisms can be modified to best achieve social and environmental objectives.
How: Our Children's Flight Centre creates a new learning environment with activities for students to play and interact with. The Children's Flight Centre includes investigative air activities, a simulation aircraft ride and aircraft matching games. While the tour is being given, discussion of various aspects of the aircraft that allow it to fly will take place. Students will be engaged in questioning that will allow them to discover that if a aircraft was not built a certain way it would not be able to fly.

Big Idea: We can measure forces in order to determine how they affect structures and mechanisms. This information can be used to guide the design of new structures and mechanisms.

Overall Expectation: Investigate forces that act on structures and mechanisms.
Specific Expectation: Measure and compare, quantitatively and/or qualitatively, the force required to move a load using different mechanical systems and describe the relationship between the force required and the distance over which the load moves.
How: In the provided lesson on force students will learn about opposing forces and the force required to move a load.

Big Idea: We can measure forces in order to determine how they affect structures and mechanisms. This information can be used to guide the design of new structures and mechanisms.

Overall Expectation: Investigate forces that act on structures and mechanisms.
Specific Expectation: Use appropriate science and technology vocabulary in oral communication.
How: We create an environment where students experience new terminology and where they see things they have never seen before. Our expert guides allow and encourage questioning while students discover all of this new and exciting information.

Big Idea: Forces that result from natural phenomena have an effect on society and the environment.

Overall Expectation: Identify forces that act on and within structures and mechanisms and describe the effects of these forces on structures and mechanisms.
Specific Expectation: Identify internal forces acting on a structure and describe their effects on the structure.
How: Students will discover throughout the tour the difference between a bushplane and a pressurized aircraft showing the effects on each. Bushplanes do not typically fly very high so when we open the door or hatch you are able to drop things out or sky dive, unlike a pressurized passenger aircraft where you would be unable to open a window or door due to the pressure at such a high altitude.

Big Idea: Forces that result from natural phenomena have an effect on society and the environment.

Overall Expectation: Identify forces that act on and within structures and mechanisms and describe the effects of these forces on structures and mechanisms.
Specific Expectation: Identify external forces acting on a structure and describe their effects on the structure using diagrams.
How: The students will view the film Wings Over the North in our Object Theatre which will depict the effects of rain, wind, lightning and weather on a bushplane. Throughout the tour students will learn why a bushplane is designed in the manner that it is which allows for it to survive though many different weather and terrain conditions.

Big Idea: Forces that result from natural phenomena have an effect on society and the environment.

Overall Expectation: Identify forces that act on and within structures and mechanisms and describe the effects of these forces on structures and mechanisms.
Specific Expectation: Explain the advantages and disadvantages of different types of mechanical systems.
How: Students will discover during the tour how bushplanes have evolved over time with new technical advancements to allow pilots to be safe and in control of the aircraft, allow for more passengers and cargo to be carried as well as the ability to hold more water in order to put out a forest fire.

Big Idea: Forces that result from natural phenomena have an effect on society and the environment.

Overall Expectation: Identify forces that act on and within structures and mechanisms and describe the effects of these forces on structures and mechanisms.
Specific Expectation: Describe forces resulting from natural phenomena that can have severe consequences for structures in the environment and identify structural features that help overcome some of these forces.
How: The students will view the film Wings Over the North in our Object Theatre which will depict the effects of rain, wind, lightening and weather on a bushplane. Throughout the tour students will learn why a bushplane is designed in the manner that it is which allows for it to survive though many different weather and terrain conditions.

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

Students Will Discover:

  • Friction is a force that opposes motion or makes it difficult for an object to move across a surface.
  • The amount of friction depends on the surface type and the force pressing two surfaces together.
  • Everyday life provides examples of how friction both helps and hinders everything we do.
The entire lesson along along with support material is included in the Teachers Package

Lesson 2

Students Will Discover:

  • What force is and how to measure it in simple terms.
The entire lesson along along with support material is included in the Teachers Package

Suggested Reading:

Planes and Other Aircraft: Learn the Science - Build the Model

Nigel Hawkes, Alex Pang [Illustrator].
Millbrook Press, 1999

Eyewitness: Train (Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness Books)

John Coiley, Mike Dunning [Photographer].
DK Publishing, 2000

Experiments with Force

Trevor Cook,
Rosen/Powerkids, 2009.

Forces

Terry Jennings
Smart Apple Media, 2009
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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