The Science Behind Flight – Soaring the Sky Program 1
Grades: 6 - 12

Video Description: Take to the skies to learn about the science behind flight with soaring pilot Mel Burkhart. Explore the concepts of drag, thrust, gravity and lift and how they allow cross-country soaring and ridge soaring to help you fly like an eagle.

Type of Video: Program*
Unique Video ID: Aviation-4**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Use the video in conjunction with STEM activities related to wind current, air pressure, and other meteorological factors that would affect the ability of gliders to work.


*Programs offer long form exploration of a topic(s) in the area of study with single or multiple guests interacting with an audience.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.