An Uplifting Experience

Children love to fly paper airplanes, sometimes even in the middle of class. On the other end of the scale, a forty-ton airliner's ability to leave the ground is an amazing feat of engineering. With emphasis on "lift" students will use paper airplanes to study the forces that affect the flight of their much heavier counterparts.

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Curricular Uses:

science, art, physical education, language arts, art, history

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Research information using the Internet and the library;
  • Understand the forces that affect the flight of an airplane;
  • Conduct and explain experiments involving Bernoulli's Principle;
  • Construct a paper airplane and modify the design to demonstrate forces affecting flight.

    Use of the Internet:

    Students use the Internet as a research tool. They participate in a guided online search.
    This lesson plan was developed by Betty Paulsell, wNetSchool Master Teacher.

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