Take Flight Outreach
Take Flight is an in-school
program from the Science Factory and Young Writers Association. In this three hour program, teachers from the
Science Factory and Young Writers Association (YWA) visit your school to
present a day of creative exploration in science, creative writing and visual arts.
day begins with a 3o-minute introduction to the theme of the program: flying
machines, both real and imaginary, as told through stories and demonstrations.
Afterwards, students will participate in a series of activities around the
● Words Aloft: Students mess with words to build vivid
poems or stories inspired by the art of writing and the science of flight. They
will notice how the forces of flight can match elements of strong writing for
inventive and imaginative possibilities.
● From the Drawing Board: Using observation, imagination, and
scientific information, young artists and scientists will create wondrous
drawings of flying contraptions. Looking at images from the natural world,
including flying and gliding animals and seeds, students will choose
characteristics to use in the design of new and extraordinary airborne
● Wind Tunnel Testing: Students will build their own prototype
lightweight flying machines out of household materials, then test them in a
vertical wind tunnel. They will observe the extent to which they balance the
forces of gravity, lift, thrust, and drag, as well as the degree of stability
their aircraft achieves. They will then have the chance to revise and re-test
their craft, just as good engineering practice requires in the real world.
Who is eligible?
The program is designed for students in grades 1 to 6. Up to three full classes
(or 120 students) within the same school may sign up jointly for a day. The
school must be located within a 40-mile radius of Eugene.
Teachers or principals may contact the Science Factory in order to reserve an
available date, then complete registration form for submission.
Read about some of the Young Writers Association artists and writers.
Take Flight, a multidisciplinary project of the Science
Factory and Young Writers Association, is made possible by grants from the
Jane and Howard Glazer Fund, Koons Family Fund, and Fred W. Fields Fund, each of
the Oregon Community Foundation, and from the US Bancorp Foundation.