Design and Technology KS2: How do hummingbirds defy gravity to hover?

Andy Torbet is on a mission to match the hovering skills of the hummingbird.

Flapping their wings 80 times per second, these are the only birds in the world able to hover in one spot.

They use this to help them extract nectar from flowers with their long beaks.

To match this super-skill, Andy has been set a tough Beyond Bionic challenge - to find a way of defying gravity to mimic a hummingbird.

Can he find the right tech to help him, or will he get into a flap?

This is from the series: Beyond Bionic

Teacher Notes

You could get your class to work in groups to research and design their own technology to match the hummingbird.

They could make posters and simple miniature prototypes, before presenting their designs to the rest of the class; outlining the science that would help them.

Curriculum Notes

These clips are suitable for teaching Design and Technology at KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and at 2nd Level in Scotland.

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