Aviation in the classroom: A Learning Scenario ‘The Magnus effect on flying machines’


It is a learning scenario created as a result of the ‘Aviation and Space Classroom online course’. This learning scenario is based on thinking about the harms that the formation of the hose, which is a weather event, can cause and the means of flight that are resistant to these effects. It was created to gain insight into the design of a mini wind turbine or rotary-wing helicopter capable of generating electricity, depending on in what situations the forced-air relationship can be beneficial. It takes into account the 4Cs (critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity) of Learning and Innovation Skills.

Although many flying machines have been invented in history, undoubtedly one of the most striking ones is those produced to use the ventilation created by the magnus effect. This learning scenario offers students the opportunity to learn through research and investigation by associating the occurrence of the magnus effect with physics, mathematics, technology, science and natural sciences.

the Magnus effect on ships

the Magnus effect on flight vehicles

the Magnus effect in sports.


In this learning scenario, students will question the relationship between weather events and the mechanism of flight vehicles, while thinking about the formation of the hose from weather events and the damage it causes to the environment.

The painting belongs to the author himself. – (Attribution CC-BY)

As they learn what the Magnus effect is, they will test the structure of flight vehicles that move under the Magnus effect by seeing and testing their mobility in the air. They will develop their problem-solving skills on the cylinders used in their construction. They will also develop critical thinking skills through biographies, videos, and discussions about the structure and historical development of a rotary-wing helicopter.

The products they will produce will also contribute to the development of their artistic skills.


This study was prepared for 10-12 year olds as students a learning scenario on ‘Aviation and Space in the Classroom’ for science classes. It is prepared in the Stem SOS model.

Students brainstorm by watching video of the hose incident at Antalya Airport and then expand their aviation knowledge through experiments, observations, research and problem solving methods.

They’re doing 3D helicopter designs at Tinkercad. ‘ How can we benefit from the relationship between rotational force and airflow? ‘based on the question, they can build a mini wind turbine that generates electricity or can make their own flight vehicles. Finally, they answer the questions on the quiz prepared by the teacher during the evaluation phase.

Author: Pınar Altınkaya, Scientix Ambassador, Classroom Teacher.

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