Thursday, May 28, 2020

BUGS Go Indoor Skydiving at iFly


Water droplets, basketballs, pikachus, parachutes, and BUGS students all took flight! Hearts raced, adrenaline pumped, and onlookers gazed in amazement as wind speeds reached up to 150 mph inside a plexiglass wind tunnel engineered for indoor skydiving. On February 13, 2020, students in the BUGS program traveled to iFly Baltimore- a premier indoor skydiving facility. Not only did they learn how to indoor skydive, they also participated in a STEM lesson challenging their understanding of the history and physics of flight. The iFly staff also fascinated students by showing off their more advanced skydiving moves as they flipped and spun effortlessly in the indoor wind tunnel.

ARRIVAL AND STEM LESSON



Once the students arrived and checked in, an iFly STEM Educator walked through an interactive presentation. They learned about the closed loop vertical tunnel that iFly uses for indoor skydiving, wind tunnels, and the different forces that affect flight. Students were then challenged to apply their understanding by predicting the height and amount of wind force needed to propel different objects into the air. The STEM lesson concluded with a classroom experiment where students had the opportunity to build their own parachute and test how it flies in a small wind tunnel.
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Photos
from Arrival and STEM Lesson


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LEARNING TO FLY


It was time to fly! However, before entering the wind tunnel, iFly staff made certain that everyone understood as well as practiced the safety rules and basic indoor skydiving techniques. They even had an opportunity to watch some of the staff demonstrate flying in the wind tunnel. With all of the flips and turns, they put on quite a show!

Each student anxiously awaited their 60 seconds they got to spend in the wind tunnel with a certified instructor from iFly. Once completed, everyone received their first flight certificate!
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Photos
Flight Practice, Flights in Wind Tunnel


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Thanks to the staff at iFly Baltimore for an amazing experience!