Your students can make a mini helicopter using just paper and paper clips. This activity from the Exploratorium includes a template you an print out, full directions, "what's going on" explanation, and a fun game.
Bird's eye view of flight
For everyone who's dreamed of flying like a bird, here's what it would look like. Taken in the French Alps around Chamonix.
- YouTube URL
According to the site's creator, George Bartan, the site initially was to be an example of how can you motivate children to learn science through aviation technology. In time, it became a guide in using project based and interdisciplinary learning. Education topics include History, Art and Sports.
The list of aviation related hobbies can be a great resource for low cost, in-class project ideas.
No, UEET is not some strange South American bird. It's NASA's Ultra Efficient Engine Technology. These Kid's Pages were developed by NASA during the Centennial of Flight Celebration to introduce elementary grade students to aerospace engineering.
This resource includes lesson plans, Parts of an Airplane, games, how airplanes fly, and more, all aimed at elementary students.
AIAA has compiled a set of STEM K-12 resources. Topic areas include Airplanes, Earth & Physical Science, Gliders, Parachutes, and Solar System.
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum has a complete on-line collection of planes (and space craft) with pictures and descriptions of over 356 aircraft. For a details about the Wright Brothers' inventions see Inventing Flight. Students can compare their own problem-solving to the Wrights'.
Since 1992, the Experimental Aircraft Association has been giving kids ages 8-18 the opportunity to fly in a small airplane at no cost to them, introducing them to the experience and science of flying.
Check with your local EAA chapter or pass this link on to interested students.
Young Eagles at EAA Chapter 1093
EAA Chapter 1093 at the Midland Barstow Airport in Michigan created this video to describe how EAA's Young Eagle Program works.
- YouTube URL
The Right Flying pages at NASA offer career paths (trajectories)and opportunities to learn about aeronautics visa projects, chat and online role-plays.
Planemath links math with imaginative uses of airplanes, such as the calculations needed for flying a herd of buffalo.
Other Areas To Check Out...
• 3D Printing In The Classroom
• Biology Studies Groups
• Creation of Virtual Museums
• Diverse Exhibits
• Getting Started And Happy Endings
• Linking Environment and Physics
• Major US and North American Federal Organizations: Environment
• Teaching Physical Science Through Children's Literature
• Virtual Modeling for Learning Science and Math