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Forces and Flight

Full of surprise and funny moments, this show is designed to stimulate all the senses and get children excited about what forces mean in the real world.

Jack Alcock became the first person to fly non-stop across the Atlantic. Armed with his toy cat Lucky Jim, he used the science of forces to make his historic journey.

Through a series of experiments and games, we use Alcock’s story to show how forces make a plane fly, as well as demonstrating how they work in everyday situations, from bouncing on a trampoline and slipping on ice to losing your trousers!

Booking terms apply for this event.

What will they learn?

  • The importance of air resistance and friction.
  • How magnets attract and repel and can affect other objects.
  • About Isaac Newton’s discoveries, such as gravity and the laws of motion.
  • How planes use and fight various forces in order to fly, such as the Bernoulli effect and air resistance.
  • The true story of Jack Alcock, the first person to fly non-stop across the Atlantic.

Scheduled dates

Part of the Science Museum Group