The Bexhill College Engineering department were recently tasked with creating an interactive kit that aligns with the key stage 2 design technology curriculum for primary schools. To create the kit, we collaborated with three talented students from the Bexhill College Commercial Drive Team: Alexandru Popescu, Naomi Britt, and Artem Yaremenko. Together, they worked enthusiastically during their spare time to develop a functioning model aircraft. It was ensured that the model can be easily manufactured using the machinery available at the College and possible for students to put it together in their DT lessons.
The aircraft was designed to focus on the four main forces of aerodynamics: lift, thrust, drag, and weight. Bexhill College Engineering teacher, Philip Jagger, also created a lesson plan for primary school students, which includes two options: a single afternoon session or several lessons for a more in-depth exploration of the topic. The outcome was having built a workable aircraft that students can modify to improve its aerodynamics and performance.
These model aircraft kits and lesson plans were delivered to Chantry Community Primary School, where they will be used by a Year 5 class for a project!
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