Woodberry’s third-form Stories and Histories course teaches students the basics of historical analysis through a series of units on topics ranging from ancientGreece to the modern era.
As Dean of Faculty and history teacher Matt Boesen wrapped up a unit on the Wrightbrothers, he decided to mix some engineering into the historical analysis. The classlooked at the wing design of Orville and Wilbur Wright’s biplane and compared it tothe wings of other planes, including the Spirit of St. Louis, a B- 29 bomber from WorldWar II, and a Boeing 737.
Students sketched out the wing designs of each plane and sent them to engineeringteacher Abbie Mills, who used 3D printers to produce small replicas of each wing. Boystested the models in a wind tunnel to learn how each wing behaves under differentairspeeds.
Matt said the trip to the engineering classroom helped the boys understandthe scientific principles behind the Wright brothers’ success when so many otherexperimenters had failed.
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