The next part of the tour was superb. We visited the production facility of Zennair, a local light aircraft producer. These wonderful planes are built as kits and shipped around the world. Our host, Chris Heinz, walked us through the plant and the kids stopped at each part of the assembly process. The workers were happy to see us and put on a good show by doing their work efficiently and precisely. This very successful company highlighted for the kids that small businesses can thrive on hard work and high quality manufacturing. Many of the students expressed a keen interest in pursuing an aviation career following the trip.
Our last component of the flight unit was to create rotating group work stations for further exploration in class. The students created names for their groups and began a five day rotation. (See more about this excellent teaching technique in the lesson plans section of this website.) Overall, the Flight unit was one of the most rewarding and stimulating units I've taught in a long time. If I can figure out how to hide an ultralight in my back yard, I'm all set. I'll tell my wife it's a lawn ornament.