Physics of Flight Fun


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The GSWCF Program Events & Family Guides is jam packed with incredible experiences for Girl Scouts of all ages throughout the program year. Events range from all different areas of interest and give girls hands on experience that in many instances they cannot find anywhere else. From STEM to Sports to Arts & Theater and the great outdoors – there’s a program for every G.I.R.L. Earlier this year, Eva attended the Physics of Flight event at iFly an indoor skydiving venue. Check out what she had the say about the experience…


Eva S, Girl Scout Ambassador

My experience at iFly was memorable to say the least. This was a very new adventure for me. I had never done anything like it. I did my research about the sport of indoor skydiving beforehand, and I would recommend that others do the same. Although indoor skydiving is generally safe, there are still some risks involved.

I arrived slightly early, so I had the opportunity to watch other groups inside the tunnel. Upon arriving at the building, I hopped on a scale and they wrote down my weight. This is only a safety precaution, to ensure that I would be able to fly properly. After that, we were spilt into groups. The event coordinator gave us a demonstration, using sports balls, of how we would be able to float. Obviously, the sports balls were a lot lighter than a human, however it gave us a general idea of what was going to happen inside the tunnel. After the demonstration, we completed a STEM activity about how our mass affects our ability to float. Next, we watched a safety video. Finally, our instructor introduced himself and showed us hand signals. Since the tunnel was loud, he would have to communicate using his hands, when we needed to change our position.

It was time to get suited up. It’s recommended that you wear comfortable, but tight-fitting clothes, even though the suits are baggy. In addition to the suit, I was given a helmet, safety goggles, and ear plugs. We each had 90 seconds in the tunnel, to learn basic flying technique low to the ground. I chose to be taken to the top of the tunnel at the end of my basic flight, for an additional fee. The tunnel was very loud, even with ear plugs. The wind was a huge shock, since it was so strong. I held my position well, throughout the flight. Exiting the chamber was the hardest part, since there was so much room for error, but I made it out alive!

I learned a lot of science throughout this event, which I didn’t expect at all. I would totally recommend other Girl Scouts to try indoor skydiving. Even if it seems scary, it’s good to test your limits and try something new. I’m glad I can say that I’ve been indoor skydiving, and would totally do it again!