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Our Grade Seven Program focuses on the understanding the structures and mechanisms of form and function in bushplanes. 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 have a purpose.

Overall Expectation: Analyse personal, social, economic and environmental factors that need to be considered in designing and building structures and devices.
Specific Expectation: Evaluate the importance for individuals, society, the economy and the environment of factors that should be considered in designing and building structures and devices to meet specific needs.
How: Our experts will guide the students through a memorable experience of the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre. The students will discover the forces that allow an aircraft to fly as well as how the bushplane has evolved and adapted to meet the needs of the environment, the pilots and the passengers. The tour will also describe some of the advantages and disadvantages of bushplanes.

Big Idea: The form of a structure is dependent on its function.

Overall Expectation: Design and construct a variety of structures and investigate the relationship between the design and function of these structures and the forces that act on them.
Specific Expectation: Follow established safety procedures for using tools and materials and operating flying devices.
How: The tour guide will explain and enforce the rules of the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre to all students before they enter the centre.

Big Idea: The form of a structure is dependent on its function. The interaction between structures and forces is predictable.

Overall Expectation: Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between structural forms and the forces that act on and within them.
Specific Expectation: Classify structures as solid structures, frame structures or shell structures.
How: During the tour students will be able to view the salvaged frames of the Noorduyn Norseman CF-AYO and the Buhl CA-6 Air Sedan. These aircraft frames will give the students the opportunity to see the frame structure giving them a better idea of how they were built.

Big Idea: The form of a structure is dependent on its function. The interaction between structures and forces is predictable.

Overall Expectation: Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between structural forms and the forces that act on and within them.
Specific Expectation: Describe ways in which the centre of gravity of a structure affects the structure's stability.
How: A mini lesson on flight principles will be given before the students observe the bushplanes. It will touch on how the centre of gravity of a bushplane plays a large role in its ability to fly.

Big Idea: The form of a structure is dependent on its function. The interaction between structures and forces is predictable.

Overall Expectation: Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between structural forms and the forces that act on and within them.
Specific Expectation: Identify the magnitude, direction, point of application and plane of application of the forces applied to a structure.
How: A mini lesson on flight will be given before the students observe the bushplanes. It will touch on thrust vs. drag and lift vs. gravity, the nature of air, wings, stabilizers, fin, aileron, elevator, rudder, wingspan, range and ceiling. Students will have fun while learning in our Children's Flight Centre. This area includes flight simulators, arcade-style gaming consoles, displays on the properties of air and flight. Students can also sit in a real aircraft cockpit.

Big Idea: The form of a structure is dependent on its function. The interaction between structures and forces is predictable.

Overall Expectation: Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between structural forms and the forces that act on and within them.
Specific Expectation: Describe the role of symmetry in structures.
How: A mini lesson on flight principles will be given before the students observe the bushplanes. It will touch on how the symmetry of a bushplane plays a large role in its ability to fly.

Big Idea: The form of a structure is dependent on its function. The interaction between structures and forces is predictable.

Overall Expectation: Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between structural forms and the forces that act on and within them.
Specific Expectation: Identify and describe factors that can cause a structure to fail altered.
How: Students will learn through trial and error in building their own paper plane what will allow an aircraft to fly and what will cause it to fail.

Museum Tour

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

Lessons

Associated lessons are encouraged before and 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 resources 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:

  • What factors affect how well an aircraft will fly.
The entire lesson along along with support material is included in the Teachers Package

Lesson 2

Students Will Discover:

  • A machine as something that helps you use your energy more effectively.
  • Two basic simple machines-the inclined plane and the lever.
  • Other simple machines as variations of the inclined plane and lever
The entire lesson along along with support material is included in the Teachers Package

Suggested Reading:

The Way Things Work

David Macaulay
Houghton Mifflin, 1988.

Experiments with Simple Machines

Salvatore Tocci
Children's Press, 2003.
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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