PHYSICS VR CASE STUDY: The Science of Flight (Student Age 11 -13)
Red Arrows. Royal Air Force
Red Arrows Team
The Royal Air Force
This session explores the key forces that are involved in flight, specifically when looking at the Hawk jet used by the Red Arrows. To begin, use the ClassVR portal to play the video and discuss with students how they think the plane is able to stay in the air. This is an assessment opportunity for prior knowledge and a great time to discuss the forces in play on a plane in flight – thrust, drag, lift and weight. After explaining and demonstrating these forces, introduce students to the 3D model of the jet and ask them to identify key features of the vehicle, as well as any specific design aspects which make them aerodynamic and fit for purpose.
IMPACT ON LEARNING
Using a tool like CoSpaces is an incredible way to help embed learning into a students’ long-term memory – by experiencing the content directly through Virtual Reality footage and then creating new content to explain key concepts. In doing so, students are using advanced cognitive recall techniques that give a genuine, first-hand memory to draw upon when they need to either remember a specific topic or build upon their knowledge later in the year.
- To identify the forces affecting an aeroplane.
- To describe forces using force diagrams.
- To create Virtual Reality experiences based on prior learning.