Boeing Encourages Students' Interest in Science to Soar

October 7, 2009

Do you remember your first trip in an airplane? It was probably exciting, confusing, exhilarating, and a little terrifying – but it was probably also a fascinating experience. Humans have always been intrigued by flight. By now, we take for granted our capabilities to transport hundreds of people from coast to coast in a matter of hours. But at the core of this amazing phenomenon are scientific and mathematical concepts that were brought to light by persistent study.

As we go through the 21st century, our flight needs will continue to change and our children are woefully underprepared to tackle these and other new problems. Recognizing this challenge, Boeing has capitalized on our fascination with flight with their educational program, "Forces of Flight." With this program, Boeing encourages children to continue to study STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) concepts so that the next generation is prepared to take on new challenges as we continue to develop our flight capabilities.

Created with the 5th through 8th-grade student in mind, Forces of Flight helps teachers bring scientific concepts to the classroom in an appealing and enthralling way. The program focuses on physics concepts as they relate to flight, explaining and demonstrating gravity, lift, drag, and thrust in four easy-to-understand steps. It also provides a teacher's handbook, colorful posters that illustrate key concepts, and hands-on physics experiments that allow students to see for themselves how flight really works.

Teachers are encouraged to use these resources to help guide their science lesson plans. Best of all, Boeing provides all of these materials for free online.

"One thing we know - discovery is constant. Boeing is continually working to help provide new ways for teachers to get the tools they need, so that every child no matter how they learn best, can see themselves in the science of the future," said Anne Roosevelt, vice president, Boeing Global Corporate Citizenship.

For more information, visit Boeing's Forces of Flight Web site.