In 1903, the Wright brothers made the first heavier-than-air powered flight—changing the course of humanity. However, people practiced aviation even before 1903—flying in airships, balloons, and gliders among other craft. Today, aviation is an integral part of our modern life.

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    Flights of Fancy Craft Time: Make a Biplane

    Join us for a demonstration of how to use a paper towel tube and paper to make a biplane model.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjNOM44c9Bw&list=PL6RlkQnoCx_UqnikM_517xQnqrkN8IBor&index=6 Grade PK, Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2 Aviation, Early flight, Aircraft

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    Flights of Fancy Craft Time: Make a Windsock and Wind Spinner

    Join us for a demonstration of two science crafts to explore moving air and wind.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBbShRFObcU&list=PL6RlkQnoCx_UqnikM_517xQnqrkN8IBor&index=1 Grade PK, Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2 Aviation, General aviation, Science

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    Flights of Fancy Craft Time: Make Your Own Cardboard Cockpit

    Join us for a demonstration of how to create an airplane cockpit for pretend play using cardboard and jar lids

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJbQQRR-fg4&list=PL6RlkQnoCx_UqnikM_517xQnqrkN8IBor&index=1 Grade PK, Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2 Aircraft, Aviation

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    Flights of Fancy Craft Time: Build Your Own Simple Kite

    Watch a demonstration of how to make a simple kite that flies

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYuQduJ1ZoE&list=PL6RlkQnoCx_UqnikM_517xQnqrkN8IBor&index=10 Grade PK, Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2 Aircraft, Aviation, General aviation, Science

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    Flights of Fancy Craft Time: Make a Balloon Basket

    Make a pretend hot air balloon with a strawberry basket and give your toys a ride

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJBAtDW8FmY&list=PL6RlkQnoCx_UqnikM_517xQnqrkN8IBor&index=14 Grade PK, Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2 Balloons, Aviation, Science

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    Flights of Fancy Craft Time: Make a Toy Plane That Floats

    Join museum educator Ann Caspari as she demonstrates how to make a plane from a plastic bottle and then uses it to play in a tub of water

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggk7GVtcZMk&list=PL6RlkQnoCx_UqnikM_517xQnqrkN8IBor&index=12 Grade PK, Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2 Science, Aircraft, Aviation

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    Learn more Milestones of Flight: The Epic of Aviation with the National Air and Space Museum Learn more Art of the Airport Tower
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