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    You will use this hands-on activity to help elementary students learn about the forces of flight.


    To engage students with flight and airplane design, you will explain the four forces of flight and discuss modifications engineers make when designing aircraft that are used for different purposes. Students will fold 3 different paper airplanes using templates, test them and modify the weight or design of each aircraft to change the planes' speed and flight distance.


    In the media carousel above you will find video tutorials for paper airplane templates #1-3. Preview these to prepare for instructing students on folding the paper airplanes. You may also download the tutorials to share with the teacher or students. You will also find the Build the Future introduction video, the PowerPoint presentation and the Engineer Guide.


    To prepare for your classroom visit, about two weeks in advance, review the information in the Engineer Guide and the materials provided for this activity.