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Aeronautical STEM Unit

SKU: W41842
A Pitsco Exclusive
$1,995.00 (USD)
Availability: Out of Stock - Please allow 2-4 weeks for shipping.


Take learners from ground zero to unlimited heights! Created for upper-elementary students, the Aeronautical STEM Unit provides both content and hands-on experiences regarding the basics of flight, including:

  • Cross-curricular lessons – language arts, history, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
  • Teacher’s guide – activity procedures, student work pages, assessment rubrics, reading connections, demonstrations, SMART Board® connections, scope and sequence road map, and more!
  • Curriculum and all tools, equipment, reference matter, and storage for 24 students.
  • Nine discrete lessons, 21 unique activities, and six weeks of curriculum.
  • TEKS correlations available upon request.
  • Professional development options are available. Call for more information.


Type: Multi-Student STEM Units and Courses Grades: 3-8


What You'll Get

  • 1 teacher’s guide (with SMART Board DVD lessons)
  • 1 The Gliding Flight book
  • 1 Best Ever Paper Airplane book
  • 1 Leonardo’s Horse book
  • 6 Book of Paper Airplanes book
  • 12 Young Birder’s Guide book
  • 1 Birds: Nature’s Magnificent Flying Machines book
  • 25 Strato Streak airplanes
  • 25 Wright Flyers
  • 1 pair safety glasses
  • 6 scissors
  • 1 package sticky notes (12 pads per package)
  • 500 sheets white paper
  • 12 tape dispensers
  • 12 rolls transparent tape
  • 100 regular paper clips
  • 1 package trash bags (30 gallon)
  • 1 kite string spool
  • 1 spray bottle
  • 25 film canisters
  • 6 tape measures
  • 1 airfoil demonstrator
  • 1 package paper plates
  • 1 ball with string
  • 6 rolls of masking tape rolls (3/4")
  • 12 stopwatches
  • 100 blue marbles
  • 1 box effervescent tablets
  • 100 dowel rods
  • 1 white ball
  • 1 set Forces student cards
  • 1 hole punch
  • 250 straws
  • 6 storage bins with lids


Learning Values

  • Forces of flight
  • Gravity
  • Lifting bodies
  • Bernoulli's principle
  • Attributes of design
  • Construction techniques
  • Historical perspectives
  • Transportation
  • Aeronautical engineering
  • Design process
  • Research
  • Scale and structure
  • Measurements
  • Decimals
  • Solving word problems
  • Reasoning
  • Precision


  • Level: Suitable for Grades 3-6
  • Students Served: 24
  • Length of Unit: 6 weeks (9 lessons, 21 unique activities)

“My story began with paper airplanes. Trying to make them fly better sparked an interest in learning why airplanes fly and ignited a curiosity to learn. In the years since the same curiosity led to my setting four Guinness World Records for paper airplanes and a career as an aeronautical engineer. This is why I am such an avid supporter of the Aeronautical STEM Kit and curriculum.”

– Ken Blackburn, Air Force Research Laboratory aeronautical engineer, four-time Guinness World Record holder for paper airplane time aloft

“The Aeronautical STEM Kit utilizes the intrinsic fascination and excitement kids have with flight to creatively teach applied math and science through a progression of hands-on and project-based lessons. Having provided physics in-servicing to numerous elementary teachers over the years, I found overwhelming support for the kit format of containment for experimental activities. As an entire suite of lessons and activities, the Aeronautical STEM Kit represents the best of so many ideas!”

– Jeff Elmer, AP Physics and Honors Physics instructor

“Aviation strongly motivates students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and was the driving force to develop these learning experiences. We appreciate Pitsco, Inc. for making this kit available to students worldwide.”

– Erron Sagen, principal author; Karen Boehm, graphic artist and publisher; Jeff Elmer, science adviser; Dr. Lee Siudzinski, editor