Aeromodelling is a fast-growing and very engaging hobby in India. This unique activity has a long history and has enthralled aeromodelling lovers for generations now. In recent times it has become accessible, fun and easier for children to experiment with. It is a great was to allow children to get a taste of designing and creating aeroplane models, and also understand the basic principles of aerodynamics and flying them.
At G.D. Somani, our main aim is to provide children of all age groups access to this fantastic hobby. The impetus is to provide them a space to engage with material and real objects, rather than limit their learning of aerodynamics, math and science to books alone. Aeromodelling is known to develop motor skills, hand-eye coordination and experience with using a range of basic tools and materials. But that’s not all, activities like aeromodelling that engage the mind over sustained periods of time and also give children a goal of a finished product to work towards are known to help destress children. And who knows, in many cases children could go on to pursue this hobby for a lifetime!
Here’s a quick view into what we explore at Supersonic Aero Modellers.
Different types of flying models:
- Paper Plane: Using basic folding techniques, children learn simple science involved in making and flying paper planes
- 3D Static Model: This is the stepping stone that gives children an introduction to how aerodynamics, math and science are applicable to aeromodelling. Children are introduced to simple tools and materials to create models from things such as packing materials, cardboard and chart and assemble their own 3D Model, before moving on to a flying model.
- Rubber Band and Propeller Powered Flying Model: Building the Rubber Powered Flying Models as well as the Glider Models are activities that are designed to give children the confidence to make a working model. These involve mathematical precision and challenge children to think out of the box to find solutions for building complex working models.
Some other models:
- Wright Flyer and Glider Models from balsa wood and foam
- Seagull Glider
- Super Glider
Here are some of the learning outcomes that we strive to achieve through the aeromodelling club:
- Introduction to basics of electronics and aeronautics
- Relating text book theory to practical applications
- Working with basic hand tools, materials and accessories
- Developing precision and patience
- Building problem solving techniques to overcome obstacles
- Enhancing multiple intelligence in children
- Building motor coordination
- Tapping mathematical and logical intelligence