How Did We Learn to Fly Like the Birds

This class has five components:

  • Lesson Plan
  • Slide Deck
  • Speaker Notes
  • Participant Handout


It seems like man has always wanted to fly. Dating back to ancient civilizations like Samaria, China, Greece and Rome mythical creatures have been depicted with wings. The Chinese may have made the greatest contribution to man flying with the invention of the kite. During the 15th century inventors like Leonardo da Vinci produced detailed drawings and descriptions of how a flying machine could be built. In the 18th century the first knowledge about the atmosphere was discovered which led to “lighter-than-air” balloons. The act of man flying was set in motion and that led us to rapid discoveries which eventually enabled us to send astronauts to the moon.