National Museum of Flight Scotland: online science resources and real-life fun for pupils

By Rachel Hayward | 16 October 2009
Photo showing two boys at the controls of flight interactives

(Left) Experience the National Museum of Flight's new hands-on interactive exhibition, Fantastic Flight. Courtesy National Museum of Flight, National Museums Scotland

Science made fun: The National Museum of Flight in Scotland has some useful online science resources to help you with teaching forces (amongst other things) as well as a great new online Airship flight game. Their three new interactive galleries will ensure a successful real-life visit, too.

The National Museum of Flight's free, online teachers' resources are available on the National Museums Scotland website.

When you click on the link, just scroll down the page to find the resources for the National Museum of Flight.

The resources are designed to support visits to the museum itself but ideas from the pdfs can be adapted for use in the classroom.

How about testing Newton's Three Laws with the help of some modelling clay, an elastic band, a ruler and a toy car? That's just one experiment you will find in the National Museum of Flight's latest resource, Forces and Flight.

Showing a screenshot from the Airship game from National Museums Scotland showing a cartoon version of R34 airship flying against a cloudy sky

The Airship game is an exciting, new online game from National Museums Scotland pupils will enjoy playing in the classroom. The R34 airship featured made the first trans-Atlantic flight on July 6 1919.

You could use the Airship game as an interactive whiteboard activity because it starts with questions, including the fuel required for the journey.

There's also a helpful section on the website entitled School visits at the National Museum of Flight which will give you all the low-down on what the museum offers teachers if you're close enough to pay a visit.

The National Museum of Flight is Scotland's best-preserved First and Second World War airfield and is home to a rare collection of aircraft.

And now there's Fantastic Flight - a new, interactive science exhibition. With hands-on exhibits explaining why and how things fly and the chance to build and test an aircraft, fire up a hot air balloon, launch a jet-powered aircraft or crew a virtual flight over the First World War site in an airship.

Please find below some other aviation museums around the UK that you can take your class along to. Why not get in touch with them and talk to their education teams about the curriculum-linked sessions they can offer you?