Polk County Middle School students got expert insight into the mechanics of flight as Russell Hyde of Plane Werks in Rutherford County visited the school’s STEM class.

As part of the eighth grade’s unit on aviation, Hyde discussed Bernoulli’s Principle as he showed students a wing from a small French plane and a damaged propeller from another plane.

Hyde’s visit reinforced topics discussed in class as the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) students prepared to build paper airplanes for a flight competition later that week.

Hyde, who is also a pilot, donated two $50 awards as incentive for the students to build the best airplanes. Bryce Jergensen and Dominique Carson won the prize money as they each had the most consistent air time and distance among the flights.