Engineering Takes Flight

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Groups explore concepts of flight by creating paper airplanes from different types of paper and testing their flight. They use the results to identify the optimal material.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • If possible, invite an aeronautical engineer to give a presentation
Classroom Considerations

  • Activity requires materials, including different types of paper
  • Prior preparation is necessary, such as cutting paper into preset sizes
  • Third lesson of the series
Pros

  • Learners will have fun launching paper airplanes
  • Includes pictures with directions
Cons

  • None