SAVY 2019: Session 5, Day 4 – Wind and Wings (Rising 1st/2nd)
We started our work today by studying insects in flight. We learned that insect flight is quite different from bird flight and less understood. Scientists are learning more and more with better technology like slow motion cameras. We talked about how it’s hard to swat a fly. As students researched, they found out information about insect wings and bodies and how insects use their senses to help them know where to fly next.
Throughout the week, we have watched video clips that show scientists studying bird and insect flight. One benefit of this is that it puts the work we do in class in a real-world context because scientists are doing similar things albeit on a different level. We have seen videos of scientists using models to help them better understand bird and insect flight, and we have seen videos where scientists explain their findings and share some surprises. This context helps students see themselves as scientists.
During the day, when we have some free time, students enjoy trying different activities with their peers like card games, origami, art projects, and paper airplanes. This is a great time for students to engage in creative play while making new friends.