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24/11/2014

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Airkix

Airkix

Airkix is the UK's premier indoor bodyflight experience. Bodyflight or bodyflying is a generic term for indoor skydiving usually associated with the use of a vertical wind tunnel. Indoor skydivers use a wind tunnel to practice and improve their freefall, bodyflight, bodyflying, flying and skydiving skills and they will often practice in a wind tunnel before taking the new skills to the sky. The art of freefall is all about having the ability to fly with other skydivers or bodyflyers relative to one another. There are a number of factors involved such as weight, build, body shape, jumpsuit and use of limbs. In the tunnel you can add wind speed to the equation.

 

The Airkix Wind Workshops (Superstar)

Airkix Wind Workshops are practical, hands-on sessions aimed at Primary School children from year one through to year six with the emphasis on FUN! You could get a CREST Star for participation!Professor Airkix take children through interactive demonstrations, show the basic principles of wind tunnel workings and discuss the merits of surface area and stability for successful flying. Next, he'll set them fun, practical, wind based challenges that encourage time management, problem solving and working in a team.  To make sure the workshop finishes on a high, the children will enjoy two unforgettable flights in a super safe wind tunnel, under the guidance of a skilled instructor. The two flights represent the equivalent freefall time as three real skydives from 12,000 feet, without the danger of course!

 

"The workshop brought the science to life in an exciting way and was easy for the children to relate to. It was a great way of explaining what was actually happening in the wind tunnel. The whole experience was well designed and well executed, very safe and a thrilling experience."

Primary School Teacher - Manchester

"It was the best trip of my life, I hope I can go back again! It was really cool making the wind powered cars"

Manchester Pupil

Costs are £28.99 per person for the Airkix Wind Workshop.

 

Physics is Fun (SuperStar)

Teaching forces, friction and air resistance can often be a bit of a drag. Airkix has launched ‘Physics is Fun’, an exhilarating, inspiring and truly hands on way for students to really experience the results of these concepts. Working in conjunction with National Space Academy Physics education specialists based at the National Space Centre in Leicester, Airkix has developed a full forces based education package including resources to enhance the teaching and learning of these topics.

Physics is Fun is a set of resources, which can be ordered for £7.99 extra, to be implemented in the classroom to deliver lessons based on the topics of:

·         Forces
·         Friction
·         Air resistance
·         Speed, distance, time and acceleration
·         The meaning of gravity
·         Interpreting distance-time and speed-time graphs
·         Resultant vectors and components of forces

These resources draw on skydiving footage and interpretation of real skydiving data, along with the prospect of experiencing these forces for real in the vertical wind tunnel, to introduce and build on these topics allowing a real, comprehensive understanding.

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