Many children are rightly fascinated by helicopters!
If your children sometimes ask you why helicopters pass over your heads, you will find some answers here!
This series brings to life some of the varied situations where helicopters operate, particularly in terms of the critical missions they undertake. Those videos aim to foster an interest in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) topics, but they also introduce a young audience to the many careers that may come into contact with helicopters, including doctors, firefighters and search and rescue professionals. They can prompt discussions around serious subjects such as fires (and climate change more broadly), the importance of being good custodians of our planet, and the realities of what could happen in an emergency situation.
The world of emergency missions
This mini-series of 3 videos presents the many advantages of helicopters particularly in the context of firefighting, search and rescue, or medical missions. Those animations are accompanied by activity sheets and Q&A– ideal for prompting further thoughts and discussion!
Watch the videos, play games and test your knowledge!
1. Helicopters - What’s so special about helicopters?
There are many different vehicles and modes of transport in the world, but there’s one that can go where others can’t, because it can take off and land vertically: the helicopter! This video presents examples of how helicopters excel in emergency situations and in hard-to-reach areas. The video ends with a question: children are asked about their favourite way to travel. Skating, cycling, or even reading a book?
Test your knowledge!
A. What are the key advantages of a helicopter?
- It can fly quickly
- It can reach places that other types of vehicle cannot access
- It can make stationary flight
B. Compared to a car, how fast can a helicopter go?
C. Which part of a helicopter allows a medical team to undertake a rescue when the helicopter can’t get close to the ground?
- The blades
- The hoist
- The stretcher
D. Do the medical team descend on the stretcher?
E. Put these events in the right order:
- The injured person is put onto the stretcher
- The medical team performs first aid
- The helicopter is stabilised
F. Put these events in the right order:
- The firefighters create a ‘firebreak’
- The firefighters are dropped from the helicopter
- The helicopter drops water from its tank or bucket.
G. If there is a nearby water point, how frequently can a helicopter drop water onto a fire?
- Every 2-3 minutes
- Every 5 or 6 minutes
- It is not said in the video.
A. All of them!
B. Twice as fast, but we are pretty sure that they will go even faster very soon thanks to upcoming innovations – watch this space!
C. This is the hoist, but the stretcher can be used too thanks to the hoist!
D. No, the medical team does not need to ride in the stretcher to descend; the stretcher is reserved for the injured person!
E. 3 - 2 - 1
F. 2 / 1 & 3 simultaneously.
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