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Model Airplanes STEM Unit

SKU: W39853
$1,195.00 (USD)


Personal dreams of flight eventually brought forth the science and technology to achieve what most called impossible – manned flight. In this three-week unit, students start by building balsa gliders and learning how size affects flight, how to calculate glider ratios, and how to build a glider to stay airborne as long as possible. Moving on to powered flight, students learn about elastic potential energy and kinetic energy before building and flying a rubber band-powered model plane. They test and modify their airplane to increase flight time and then try to engineer a model plane that will stay in the air as long as possible.

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Type: Multi-Student STEM Units and Courses Grades: 6-8


What You'll Get

  • 12 foam sheets
  • 24 AA batteries
  • 12 packages structure building pins
  • 60 balsa pieces
  • 12 electric winders
  • 12 glue sticks
  • 12 Insta-Cure+ glue
  • 1 package modeling clay
  • 1 package sticky notes
  • 1 bottle of Un-Cure glue


Learning Values

  • Potential energy
  • Kinetic energy
  • Elasticity
  • Aerodynamics
  • Construction techniques
  • Attributes of design
  • Historical perspectives
  • Testing
  • Aeronautical engineering
  • Data analysis and predictions
  • Design process
  • Problem-solving
  • Measuring mass
  • Ratios
  • Scaling
  • Aerodynamic computations


  • Students Served: 24
  • Length of Unit: 3 weeks

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