10C10.20 - Propeller on a Stick - Hand Helicopter

Code Number:
Demo Title:
Propeller on a Stick - Hand Helicopter
Bernoulli Force, Lift
Area of Study:
Heat & Fluids
Propeller on a Stick.

Rub hands together with stick in between them to build up rotation in the propeller.  When you slide hands far enough propeller will automatically release and fly into the air.

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