Bernoulli's Principle

EAAStudents will investigate the action of Bernoulli's Principle by exploring how faster moving air affects a system. Simple objects such as straws, ping pong balls, and paper illustrate this Principle that helps explain lift (one of the four forces of flight). Students will be able to explain Bernoulli's Principle and how it pertains to flight.


For Grades K-12

Students will follow along with dynamic demonstrations of Bernoulli's principle in action as they learn how to flatten a tent with a straw, levitate a ping pong ball in midair, and more.

Bernoulli Activities Teacher Grades K-12
Bernoulli Activities Student Grades K-12

Flying Cups
For Grades 6-12

Students follow simple directions to build a glider out of plastic cups and tape. This low-tech activity help students understand the effects of torque, Newton's Third Law, the Magnus Effect, and Bernoulli's Principle. This activity is easily modified to focus on any of the above topics.

Flying Cups Activity Teacher Grades 6-12
Flying Cups Activity Student Grades 6-12

Tumblewing Gliders
For Grades 6-12

Students will build a wing that flies on a shelf of air provided by their walking action to illustrate one of many ways lift and thrust can be provided to an airfoil. This lesson also gives background to Bernoulli's Principle and shows how changes in design can affect performance.

Tumblewing Gliders Activity Teacher Grades 6-12
Tumblewing Gliders Activity Student Grades 6-12

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