and parents homeschooling their children ages six and older
will want to check out this excellent book that not only delves
into the history of flight but also offers lots of hands-on
projects and experiments.
The book begins with a flight timeline that begins with the
invention of kites and rockets in China and then traces the
Montgolfier's first hot air balloon flights, the first successful
glider flight by Sir George Cayley, and the Wright brothers
taking to the air in the United States.
Six short chapters then explore various aspects of flight
from Leonardo da Vinci's early ideas about flying and experiments
with lighter than airships to fixed wing machines, helicopters
and space craft.
The hands-on projects include instructions on how to construct
an ornithopter, a phenakistoscope, a parachute, an anemometer
and much, much more. You'll also discover lots of fun facts,
specialized vocabulary (aileron, suborbital, anemometer),
trivia and bits of aviation history tucked away on the pages
of this very informative book.
Not only is this book a very good introduction to the science
of flight and aviation, but you'll also find a list of websites
and books that can be consulted for further, more detailed
study of the subject.