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How does an airplane stay up? Why do bicyclists shave their legs? Why are skyscrapers skinny?  It all has to do with aerodynamics – how objects interact with air.  Just remember this:  air is really pushy!


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This experiment shows how air pressure, air movement, and gravity work together to keep the ball in the air.

What is air pressure? Air pressure is caused by the weight of our earth’s atmosphere pushing air down. Bernoulli’s Principle says that air pressure gets weaker inside a stream of flowing air. The faster the air stream, the weaker the air pressure.

When air hits a curved object (like the ping pong ball or an airplane wing), that air speeds up to get around the object. That means the air pressure gets weaker (but it’s still strong enough to lift the object!).

The air pressure in the rest of the room moves slowly, so it’s stronger. The room’s stronger air pressure pushes all around the object so that it can’t fall out of the weak stream, even when you tilt the air flow.

Eventually, gravity wins. If you tilt the hair dryer far enough, the ball will fall.

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Right now, there are about 5,000 planes in the sky over America. Across the world, more than 8 million people fly every day.

Most airplanes fly at about 550 miles per hour. The retired Concorde plane used to fly at 1,350 mph. Now engineers are working on a plane that can fly from Florida to Alaska in an hour.

Did you ever imagine having wings? Have you ever tried to make a parachute from a garbage bag? The urge to fly seems to be a basic human trait. The only living creatures capable of powered flight are insects, birds and bats. The rest of us need airplanes (or big helium balloons, hang-gliders, parachutes, giant kites, or… what else can you imagine?)

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The videos below are in 360° Virtual Reality views. You can turn your device in any direction to see all parts of the video, or use your mouse to click through it. If you have a VR headset like Google Cardboard, click the Cardboard icon in the lower right hand corner of the video. The playlist will show you other videos, too!

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What do you call a fly without wings?
A walk.

Why don't ducks tell jokes while they fly?
Because they would quack up. 

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TAME's traveling Trailblazers are one-of-a-kind science museums-on-wheels. Exciting, hands-on exhibits teach students about energy, space, weather, biotechnology, and aerodynamics while also introducing them to educational and career opportunities in STEM. Check out what else you can learn from taking a peek inside the Trailblazer's Aerodynamics area.

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Average salaries calculated for Texas whenever possible. Data gathered in 2015 from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Program of the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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If you could do one thing to make life on Earth better, what would that thing be?  Here's a Grand Challenge: according to some of the world's smartest people, this is a challenge that humans will face in the next 100 years.  What would you do to help solve it?

Make it possible for anyone to fly – by enhancing virtual reality! Virtual reality isn’t just for video games. It can be used to train pilots and other professionals who need to practice flying, or performing surgery, or wrestling alligators.

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You could engineer the tools to help humanity explore the universe—aerodynamics will play a big part in the design of re-usable rockets for space exploration. You could also study hydrodynamics for deep sea exploration.To date, we have explored less than five percent of the ocean! Much remains to be learned from exploring the mysteries of the deep. The ocean is the lifeblood of Earth, covering more than 70 percent of the planet's surface, driving weather, regulating temperature, and ultimately supporting all living organisms.

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