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Grades 6–12. Modify a basic paper airplane to explore how changes in the design affect aerodynamics and performance. In this investigative engineering lab about the forces of flight and Bernoulli’s principle, students are challenged to design an airplane that flies the farthest distance or spends the longest time aloft. Kit materials support 15 design team pairs.
Grades 6–12. With this kit, the familiar task of making a paper airplane gets transformed into an investigative engineering lab about the forces involved in flight and Bernoulli’s principle. Students explore how changes in basic airplane design affect aerodynamics and performance, affecting which team’s airplane goes the farthest distance or spends the longest time aloft.
Kit includes 24-lb paper (a step up from standard 20-lb copier paper) because it is more rigid, allowing for crisper folds, improved shape retention, and better resistance to high humidity.
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Kit materials support 15 design team pairs and include 24-lb paper, folding templates, plane launcher, and instructions.
|Electric Plane Launcher||1||Included|
|Paper, 24 lb, Sheets||500||Included|
|Printed Airplane Templates||32||Included|
|Digital Resource Instruction Card||1||Included|
|Teacher's Manual with Reproducible Student Guide||1||Included|
|Scissors||15||Needed, Not Included|
|Rulers, Metric||15||Needed, Not Included|
|Transparent Tape||Needed, Not Included|
|Masking Tape||Needed, Not Included|
|Paper Clips, #1 (standard)||Needed, Not Included|
|Timer||Needed, Not Included|
|Metric Tape Measure or Meter Stick||Needed, Not Included|
|Safety Goggles (for each student)||Needed, Not Included|
|Indoor Flight Zone, 10 m (gym, cafeteria, large room)||Needed, Not Included|
Engineer excitement with NEW kits for middle and high school physical science that:
Easily integrate exciting STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities into any physical science curriculum with Carolina STEM Challenge® Physical Science Series kits. They engage and inspire students with fun real-world design challenges in an exciting tournament-style format.
Hands-on activities center on engineering concepts and practices from the Next Generation Science Standards. Design teams design, build, test, and modify their prototypes to provide an innovative solution to the class challenge. These activities strengthen students’ critical-thinking and creative problem-solving skills, while encouraging creativity, collaboration, and teamwork.
Designed with ease of use in mind, Carolina STEM Challenge® Physical Science Series kits have the materials and information needed for classroom success: